NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL holds its draft lottery Monday night, and the Florida Panthers have the best odds of winning.
The draw will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the league's amateur draft June 30. All 14 NHL teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at the No. 1 selection.
Florida finished with the fewest points in the NHL this season. It has a 25 per cent chance of winning the draw, followed by Colorado at 19 per cent and Tampa Bay at 14 per cent.
In previous years, the lottery-winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order. This year, the winning draw will draft first overall. The remaining 13 teams are slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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