News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - April 30th, 2013

Bruce Bennett

The Colorado Avalanche won something this season: the Draft Lottery.

The Colorado Avalanche have won the NHL draft lottery.

The Florida Panthers own the second pick for June’s draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection.

Colorado had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning Monday’s lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference. The Panthers, who finished last in the NHL with a 15-27-6 mark, had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 per cent but had to settle for the No. 2 pick.

Another guy is being called the "Next One".

From his perch in the stands at Shayba Arena, Al McAdam watched wide-eyed as Connor McDavid made another highlight reel play in Canada’s game against Sweden at the under-18 world championship.

McDavid, who's only 16, banked the puck off the back of the Swedish net, did a spin-o-rama, picked up the disc on his stick and then slid a soft pass out front where Morgan Klimchuk tapped it in for a goal en route to a 6-0 victory and top spot in Group A.

There is some history between the Sens and Habs.

But the Canadiens vs. the Senators is a gloriously historic rivalry of sorts, a pain in the asterisk for statisticians but one that will add another chapter beginning Thursday with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

At stake is the tiebreaker in the clubs’ four-series playoff history, knotted at two apiece.

Of course, the Canadiens and Senators have never met in the latter’s current form, having “rejoined” the NHL in 1992-93 – coincidentally the last time the Habs won the Stanley Cup.

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