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Draft Lottery To Be Held Monday

Friday, 04.04.2008 / 4:40 PM / Press Releases
NEW YORK/TORONTO – The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Monday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET at the NHL’s New York City office.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, further announced that the results of the Draft Drawing will be televised live by TSN in Canada; VERSUS in the U.S.; and NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada.  Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on NHL.com and TSN.ca and broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio.  It will be only the second time the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the first time since 2005, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to select first overall and drafted Sidney Crosby.

The 30-minute, live program – titled “Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery” – will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will originate from the NHL on TSN studios in Toronto.  TSN’s James Duthie will host the program, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury.          

The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the Clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.  

Per NHL rules, the club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order.  Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick.  No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.

Under the weighted system, the club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second.  Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is:

Tampa Bay 25.0 %
Los Angeles 18.8 %
Atlanta 14.2 %
St. Louis 10.7 %
N.Y. Islanders 8.1 %
Columbus 6.2 %
Toronto 4.7 %
Phoenix 3.6 %
Nashville ( from Florida) 2.7 %
Vancouver 2.1 %
Chicago 1.5 %
Anaheim (from Edmonton) 1.1 %
Buffalo 0.8 %
Carolina 0.5 %

       
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.  The first round will take place on Friday, June 20 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

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