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Draft Drawing Televised Live on April 14

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 7, 2009) – The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. MT at the NHL’s New York City office.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program – titled “Scotiabank / NHL Draft Lottery” – produced and televised by TSN in Canada.  The special presentation will be simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S.  Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on and  It is the second consecutive year the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the third time since 2005.

Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, will be live in TSN’s studios to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the Clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.

Per NHL rules, the Club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order.  Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick.  No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.

Under the weighted system, the Club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second.  

The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing:

NY Islanders        25.0%
Tampa Bay           18.8%
Colorado               14.2%
Atlanta                   10.7%
Los Angeles          8.1%
Phoenix                  6.2%
Toronto                   4.7%
Dallas                     3.6%
Ottawa                    2.7%
Edmonton             2.1%
Nashville               1.5%
Minnesota             1.1%
Buffalo                   0.8%
Florida                   0.5%

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.  The first round will take place on Friday, June 26 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27.

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
* 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.
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