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.
It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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