COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will have the fourth pick at the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft to be held June 25-26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The club's draft position was determined by the NHL’s Draft Drawing held tonight at the league's office in New York. The Edmonton Oilers won the Drawing and will have the first overall pick.
The first 14 picks of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft are as follows: 1 – Edmonton Oilers 2 – Boston Bruins (from Toronto Maple Leafs); 3 – Florida Panthers; 4 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS; 5 – New York Islanders; 6 – Tampa Bay Lightning; 7 – Carolina Hurricanes; 8 – Atlanta Thrashers; 9 – Minnesota Wild; 10 – New York Rangers; 11 – Dallas Stars; 12 – Anaheim Ducks; 13 – Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary Flames); 14 – St. Louis Blues. The remaining draft positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Draft Drawing is a weighted lottery system that determines the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the Entry 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 Draft Drawing. Participating clubs could not move up more than four positions or down more than one position in the draft order as a result of the Draft Drawing.
Under this system, the club with the fewest regular-season points had the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and could pick no lower than second at this year’s draft. The percentage chance of being selected in the 2010 Draft Drawing was as follows, based on team finish: Edmonton (25.0 pct.), Boston from Toronto (18.8 pct.), Florida (14.2 pct.), COLUMBUS (10.7 pct.), NY Islanders (8.1 pct.), Tampa Bay (6.2 pct.), Carolina (4.7 pct.), Atlanta (3.6 pct.), Minnesota (2.7 pct.), NY Rangers (2.1 pct.), Dallas (1.5 pct.), Anaheim (1.1 pct.), Phoenix from Calgary (0.8 pct.) and St. Louis (0.5 pct.).
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The first round will be held on Friday, June 25, with rounds two through seven held on Saturday, June 26. Last week, NHL Central Scouting released its final player rankings for this year’s Entry Draft. The top five rated North American skaters are: center Tyler Seguin (Plymouth/OHL), left wing Taylor Hall (Windsor/OHL), right wing Brett Connolly (Prince George/WHL), defenseman Erik Gudbranson (Kingston/OHL) and defenseman Cam Fowler (Windsor/OHL). The top-rated European skater is forward Mikael Granlund (HIFK/Finland), while the top-rated North American goaltender is Calvin Pickard (Seattle/WHL).
BLUE JACKETS DRAFT DRAWING 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 (see below).
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.
(*pick acquired by Columbus, which selected Rick Nash No. 1 overall)
2005 – To determine the 2005 Entry Draft order after the 2004-05 season was cancelled due to the lockout, each team began the lottery with three balls and was assured of having at least one for the drawing. Teams lost one ball for every playoff appearance they made over the past three seasons and/or for the number of times they were awarded the first overall pick by winning the Draft lottery during the past four years. The Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres each had three balls in the lottery. Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville and Phoenix all had two balls. The remaining 16 teams had one ball each. The Blue Jackets earned the No. 6 pick.
Deposits for 2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets, as well as 10- and 20-game plans, are being accepted now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.