It was a slim chance, but even the Luck of the Irish couldn’t propel the Vancouver Canucks to a win at the NHL Draft Lottery win.
The odds of winning the first overall pick was 11.5 per cent; their odds of staying in the top three just 33 per cent.
Ultimately, the Vancouver Canucks fell and will select fifth, keeping them from drafting one of the three highly-touted players available in June’s NHL draft.
Team president Trevor Linden even had a good luck charm with him.
Prior to the draw, Linden visited the late Pat Quinn’s house and family members gave him a prized rookie hockey card of the former Canucks great from 1971.
Ultimately, Toronto won the lottery, while Winnipeg and Columbus will pick second and third respectively.