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Draft Lottery Preview!

Well, its over.... its finally over.... but its still not October yet. The season went out with a bang yesterday when the Avs beat the Oilers in overtime in Footer's last game (I still can't get over how epic his last shift was). But there is more good news! The draft lottery is tommorow! The Avs have themselves set up nicely for the second overall pick, and St Louis has set up the Avs nicely for the 11th pick. The only way that the Avs wouldn't get the pick is if St Louis wins the draft lottery, and odds of that are only 1.5%. The last team to win the lottery outside of the top 5 was Florida in 2003  The Avs have an 18.8 percent chance of a lottery win. Here are the complete odds and the draft lottery history per TSN

THE 'TOP' 14 THROUGH APRIL 10

RANKTEAMPOINTSPERCENTAGE
1 Edmonton Oilers 62 25.0 (48.2% chance of selecting first)
2 Colorado Avalanche 68 18.8 (18.8% chance of selecting first)
3 Florida Panthers 72 14.2 (14.2% chance of selecting first)
4 New York Islanders 73 10.7 (10.7% chance of selecting first)
5 Ottawa Senators 74 8.1 (8.1% chance of selecting first)
6 Atlanta Thrashers 80 6.2
7 Columbus Blue Jackets 81 4.7
8 New Jersey Devils 81 3.6
9 Boston Bruins (via Toronto) 85 2.7
10 Minnesota Wild 86 2.1
11 Colorado Avalanche (conditional/optional from St. Louis) 87 1.5
12 Carolina Hurricanes 91 1.1
13 Calgary Flames 94 0.5
14 Dallas Stars 95 0.8

 

NHL DRAFT LOTTERY HISTORY

YEARWORST TEAMLOTTERY WINNERFIRST OVERALL (TEAM)
1995 Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings* Ottawa Senators
1996 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators
1997 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Boston Bruins
1998 Tampa Bay Lightning San Jose Sharks# Tampa Bay Lightning
1999 Tampa Bay Lightning Chicago Blackhawks** Atlanta Thrashers
2000 Atlanta Thrashers NY Islanders NY Islanders
2001 NY Islanders Atlanta Thrashers Atlanta Thrashers
2002 Atlanta Thrashers Florida Panthers^ Columbus Blue Jackets
2003 Carolina Hurricanes Florida Panthers^^ Pittsburgh Penguins
2004 Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals Washington Capitals
2005 - Pittsburgh Penguins+ Pittsburgh Penguins
2006 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
2007 Philadelphia Flyers Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks
2008 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 New York Islanders New York Islanders New York Islanders
2010 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers

* - Los Angeles could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 7th to 3rd)

# - San Jose was selected in the 1998 drawing, but Tampa Bay held the right to swap first round picks with the Sharks and exercised that right to go to first.

** - Chicago could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)

^ - Florida traded first overall pick to Columbus

^^ - Florida traded first overall pick to Pittsburgh

 

+ - NHL lockout cancelled 2004-05 season, all 30 teams were enteredThe main rule for the draft lottery is that teams can only move up four spots if they win so that means that only teams in the top 5 will have a chance to win the first overall pick, and these teams can only move down one pick. 

The Draft Lottery airs on TSN at 8pm et/6pm mt in Canada, and on Versus in the US (TSN has streamed the lottery online before)

This is last big Avs-related event until the Draft, so i'm probably going to get excited about this for no reason.

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