Non-Playoff Teams Can Win 1st Overall Pick in New Draft Lottery

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 3:54 PM
Trevor von Knotsenburg

The 2013 NHL Draft Lottery, to be held this year on Monday, April 29, will be the first in NHL history where all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams, will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection. Under the previous lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points in the standings had the opportunity to win the first overall selection as rules dictated no team could move up more than four spots.

The NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2013 NHL Draft. Teams finishing with the fewest points during the regular season possess the greatest chance of winning the right to the first pick. Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, are placed in a lottery machine. The machine expels four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls is matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.

While the top pick can now go to any of the 14 non-playoff clubs, or the team owning the rights to the first pick of a non-playoff club, the odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years. The teams in the drawing are ranked in inverse order of their regular season point totals, with team one being the club with the fewest points, and team 14 being the club with the most points among those outside of the playoffs.

The likelihood of each team gaining the right to the first pick is as follows:

Team 1: 25.0%

Team 2: 18.8%

Team 3: 14.2%

Team 4: 10.7%

Team 5: 8.1%

Team 6: 6.2%

Team 7: 4.7%

Team 8: 3.6%

Team 9: 2.7%

Team 10: 2.1%

Team 11: 1.5%

Team 12: 1.1%

Team 13: 0.8%

Team 14: 0.5%

No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Lottery. The remaining first round drafting positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

2013 NHL Draft

The 2013 NHL Draft will be held Sunday, June 30, with all seven rounds being conducted on the same day for the first time since 2006. As previously announced, the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center will host the event.

The draft gets underway at 3 p.m. ET as James Duthie hosts live coverage in Canada on TSN direct from the draft floor along with TSN's panel of experts. RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage throughout Canada. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network presents live coverage starting at 3 p.m. ET, while NHL Network in the U.S. continues live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET.

NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will gather on the NHL Draft floor while more than 10,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected in attendance to witness the selection of the NHL’s next generation of superstars.

Recent overall No. 1 picks include Alex Ovechkin (Washington, 2004), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2005), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay, 2008), John Tavares (NY Islanders, 2009), Taylor Hall (Edmonton, 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton, 2011) and Nail Yakupov (Edmonton, 2012).

For more historical information and past draft selections, visit www.nhl.com/draft. Ticket distribution plans and other details pertaining to the 2013 NHL Draft will be announced at a later date.

The Philadelphia Flyers will host the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Results of Previous Draft Drawings

Year Selected Effect On Draft Order Player Selected

1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg

1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips

1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton

1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier

1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *

2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro

2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk

2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **

2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***

2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin

2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby

2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson

2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane

2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C Steven Stamkos

2009 NY Islanders Retained 1st selection C John Tavares

2010 Edmonton Retained 1st selection LW Taylor Hall

2011 New Jersey Moved from 8th to 4th D Adam Larsson

2012 Edmonton Moved from 2nd to 1st RW Nail Yakupov

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.

*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

Attached to this email for editorial use are the English- and French-language versions of the official logo for the 2013 NHL Draft in various file formats.

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