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Blue Jackets to select 8th overall at 2015 NHL Draft

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will have the eighth overall pick at the 2015 National Hockey League Draft to be held on June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The club’s draft position was determined by tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery. The Edmonton Oilers won the Drawing and will have the first overall pick.

The first 14 picks of the 2015 NHL Draft are as follows: 1 – Edmonton Oilers; 2 – Buffalo Sabres; 3 – Arizona Coyotes; 4 – Toronto Maple Leafs; 5 – Carolina Hurricanes; 6 – New Jersey Devils; 7 – Philadelphia Flyers; 8 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS; 9 – San Jose Sharks; 10 – Colorado Avalanche; 11 – Florida Panthers; 12 – Dallas Stars; 13 – Los Angeles Kings; 14 – Boston Bruins. The remaining draft positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted lottery system that determines the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the Draft. Clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, participated in the lottery. In August 2014, the NHL announced changes to the Draft Lottery format. The changes included adjusting the odds of winning the first overall selection. The 10 highest-finishing non-Playoff qualifying teams will receive higher (better) Draft Lottery odds than they received previously with the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds.

Under this system, the Blue Jackets had the seventh-most regular season points and a 6.0% chance of winning the lottery. The percentage chance of being selected in the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery was as follows, based on team finish: Buffalo (20.0 pct.), Arizona (13.5 pct.), Edmonton (11.5 pct.), Toronto (9.5 pct.), Carolina (8.5 pct.), New Jersey (7.5 pct.), Philadelphia (6.5 pct.), COLUMBUS (6.0 pct.), San Jose (5.0 pct.), Colorado (3.5 pct.), Florida (3.0 pct.), Dallas (2.5 pct.), Los Angeles (2.0 pct.) and Boston (1.0 pct.).

The Blue Jackets currently hold 10 selections in the 2015 NHL Draft, including six picks in the first three rounds. In addition to drafting eighth overall, the Blue Jackets own three second round picks (Columbus, Anaheim and Toronto) as well as two third round selections (Columbus and Philadelphia). They also hold two fifth round picks (Columbus and Minnesota) along with their own selections in the sixth and seventh rounds.

BLUE JACKETS DRAFT LOTTERY HISTORY
2000 – Lost coin flip with fellow expansion club Minnesota (No. 3 pick) to earn No. 4 overall pick in 2000 Entry Draft.

2001 – Entered in No. 8 position and earned No. 8 pick. Atlanta (No. 3) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2002 – Entered in No. 2 position and earned No. 3 pick. Florida (No. 3) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.*

2003 – Entered in No. 3 position and earned No. 4 pick. Florida (No. 4) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2004 – Entered in No. 4 position and earned No. 4 pick. Washington (No. 3) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2005 – No Drawing due to cancellation of 2004-05 season.

2006 – Entered in No. 6 position and earned No. 6 pick. St. Louis (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2007 – Entered in No. 7 position and earned No. 7 pick. Chicago (No. 5) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2008 – Entered in No. 6 position and earned No. 6 pick. Tampa Bay (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2009 – Not eligible for Drawing. NY Islanders (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2010 – Entered in No. 4 position and earned No. 4 pick. Edmonton (No. 1) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2011 – Entered in No. 7 position and earned No. 8 pick. New Jersey (No. 8) won Drawing and No. 4 overall pick.

2012 – Entered in No. 1 position and earned No. 2 pick. Edmonton (No. 2) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2013 – Entered in No. 14 position and earned No. 14 pick. Colorado (No. 2) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2014 – Not eligible for Drawing. Florida (No. 2) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

2015 – Entered in No. 8 position and earned No. 8 pick. Edmonton (No. 3) won Drawing and No. 1 overall pick.

(*pick acquired by Columbus, which selected Rick Nash No. 1 overall)

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