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Canucks GM played with draft lottery simulator for hours

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

April 30 apparently can't come soon enough for Jim Benning.

The Vancouver Canucks general manager admitted Thursday that he recently sat at his computer for hours running an NHL draft lottery simulator in hopes the virtual pingpong balls would come up in the club's favor.

After a 28th-place finish, the Canucks have an 11.5 percent chance of winning the right to select first overall.

There's no word on whether Benning has asked the real lottery to be moved to the morning, when the pingpong balls seem to favor him more.

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