COLUMBUS, OH - Following is the order of selection for the first 26 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, June 20-21 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Columbus Blue Jackets own the sixth pick, the result of the NHL lottery drawing on April 7, and the 19th pick, which was obtained via a trade with the Colorado Avalanche this past season.
The Blue Jackets selected Halifax forward Jakub Voracek with their first pick a year ago. Columbus has selected a player with the sixth pick in the draft twice prior to this year, in 2005 and 2006.
The four remaining selections in the first round of the draft -- picks 27 through 30 -- will be allocated based on the results of the upcoming Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
2008 NHL Entry Draft Order of Selection, Picks 1-26
1. Tampa Bay
2. Los Angeles
4. St. Louis
5. NY Islanders
9. Nashville (from Florida)
12. Anaheim (from Edmonton)
19. Columbus (from Colorado)
20. NY Rangers
21. New Jersey
22. Edmonton (from Anaheim)
26. Buffalo (from San Jose)
Picks 27 and 28: Clubs eliminated in Conference Finals, in inverse order of points
29. Stanley Cup Final runner-up
30. Stanley Cup champion
First-Round Order of Selection Criteria
Picks 1-14: Results of 2008 NHL Draft Drawing held April 7
Picks 15-22: Clubs eliminated in first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs who did not win their division during the regular season, in inverse order of points
Picks 23-26: Clubs eliminated in the first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs who won their division during the regular season, in inverse order of points
Summary of Transferred Picks (1-26)
Pick 9 (Florida to Nashville): Nashville traded G Tomas Vokoun to Florida for Detroit's 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (pick 58, previously acquired) and Florida's 1st- and 2nd-round picks in 2008 (June 22, 2007).
Pick 12 (Edmonton to Anaheim): Edmonton transferred its 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-round picks in the 2008 Entry Draft to Anaheim for the signing of Restricted Free Agent LW Dustin Penner (July 3, 2007).
Pick 19 (Colorado to Columbus): Columbus traded D Adam Foote to Colorado for Colorado's 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in 2009 (Feb. 26, 2008).
Pick 22 (Anaheim to Edmonton): Edmonton traded D Chris Pronger to Anaheim for RW Joffrey Lupul, D Ladislav Smid, Anaheim's 1st-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, and 1st- and 2nd-round picks in 2008 (July 3, 2006).
Pick 26 (San Jose to Buffalo): Buffalo traded D Brian Campbell and its 7th-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft to San Jose for RW Steve Bernier and its 1st-round pick in 2008 (Feb. 26, 2008).