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2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

Trades could be aplenty at this year's Draft

Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 10:27 PM / 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. -- Not only is the NHL Draft a time to stockpile the cupboard with future prospects, but also conduct a little wheeling and dealing for the immediate future.

Last year, 18 trades were completed on June 24-25 at the NHL Draft held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. That doesn't even include the two blockbusters on the eve of the opening round (June 24) when Philadelphia Flyers general manager dealt both Jeff Carter and Mike Richards in separate deals. To put last year's trading frenzy in perspective, keep in mind there were only five deals made at the 2010 Draft.

So what does the 2012 have in store?

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Oilers win lottery, move up to No. 1

Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 10:17 PM / 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini wasn't expecting to win Tuesday's 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery here at TSN headquarters.
 
Well, that's just too bad, because for the third straight year, Tambellini will have the opportunity to step to the podium and announce the first overall pick when the 2012 NHL Draft commences June 22 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
 
The Oilers, the 29th-ranked team in the League this season, supplanted the Columbus Blue Jackets with the No. 1 overall pick despite having just an 18.8 percent chance at winning the lottery. The Blue Jackets, who finished 30th this season, will now have the second pick.
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Blue Jackets are NHL Draft Lottery favorites

Sunday, 04.08.2012 / 2:31 PM / 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs will start Wednesday as 16 teams begin their pursuit of hockey's Holy Grail. The remaining teams, meanwhile, will look for a little consolation as they follow the bouncing ping pong balls at the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Lottery as it happens live at 8 p.m. during a 30-minute program on TSN in Canada. The special presentation, which establishes the order of the first 14 picks of the 2012 Draft, also will air in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. The remaining selections will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who finished with the fewest points in the League, have the best chance of winning the No. 1 pick. Since teams can move up a maximum of four spots, the only teams with a chance at gaining the top choice are the Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Blue Jackets enter Tuesday's drawing with a 25.0-percent chance of winning the Lottery. If a team outside the bottom five in the standings wins, then Columbus will get the top choice, improving their odds to 48.2 percent. League rules dictate that no team can drop more than one spot, so the Blue Jackets will have at least the first or second pick in the draft.

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2012 NHL Draft drawing to be conducted April 10

Friday, 04.06.2012 / 10:36 AM / 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery

NHL.com

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 2012 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program, produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will also air in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be in TSN’s studio to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Draft Drawing involves clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.

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