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Draft Lottery An Exciting Time For Columbus

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery takes place tonight in Toronto, and it’s known by the participating general managers as both a nerve-wracking and exciting time for their organizations.

At the forefront will be the Columbus Blue Jackets and GM Scott Howson, who own the highest odds (25.0 percent) of securing the first overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. The draft lottery weighted odds are determined by finish in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, and as the league’s 30th-place team, the Blue Jackets hope they will see their card unveiled by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shortly after 8 p.m. EST.

Courtesy of NHL.com, here is a breakdown of all eligible teams’ odds in the lottery:

Columbus Blue Jackets - 25.0%
Edmonton Oilers - 18.8%
Montreal Canadiens - 14.2%
New York Islanders - 10.7%
Toronto Maple Leafs - 8.1%
Anaheim Ducks - 6.2%
Minnesota Wild - 4.7%
Carolina Hurricanes - 3.6%
Winnipeg Jets - 2.7%
Tampa Bay Lightning - 2.1%
Washington Capitals (from Colorado) - 1.5%
Buffalo Sabres - 1.1%
Dallas Stars - 0.8%
Calgary Flames - 0.5%

The Oilers parlayed consecutive 30th-place finishes in 2009-10 and 2010-11 into two straight No. 1 overall draft picks, even though the New Jersey Devils ended up winning the 2011 lottery. Per league rules, no team eligible in the lottery can move up in the draft more than four (4) spots, and no lottery team can drop more than one spot. What does that mean for the Blue Jackets? Simply put: they are assured of either the first or second overall selection in the draft – all that is left to be determined is which number gets affixed to the left of their logo.

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

From the NHL, the following is a detailed breakdown of the draft lottery results dating back to 1995 when the concept was first introduced:

1995Los Angeles: Moved from 7th to 3rd
1996Ottawa: Retained 1st selection
1997Boston: Retained 1st selection
1998Tampa Bay: Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades
1999Chicago: Moved from 8th to 4th
2000NY Islanders: Moved from 5th to 1st
2001Atlanta: Moved from 3rd to 1st
2002Florida:Moved from 3rd to 1st
2003Florida:Moved from 4th to 1st
2004Washington: Moved from 3rd to 1st
2005Pittsburgh: C Sidney Crosby
2006St. Louis: Retained 1st selection
2007Chicago: Moved from 5th to 1st
2008Tampa Bay: Retained 1st selection
2009NY Islanders: Retained 1st selection
2010Edmonton Retained 1st selection
2011New Jersey: Moved from 8th to 4th


Editor’s note: Keep it locked to BlueJackets.com and our official Twitter feed (@BlueJacketsNHL) for updates and breaking news as it happens throughout the evening. We will have a full recap of tonight’s events, featuring an interview with Blue Jackets General Manager, Scott Howson.

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