COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will have the sixth pick in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft to be held June 20-21 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The club’s draft position was determined by the NHL’s Draft Drawing held April 7 at the league’s office in New York. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Drawing and will have the first overall pick.
The first 14 picks of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft are as follows: 1 – Tampa Bay Lightning, 2 – Los Angeles Kings; 3 – Atlanta Thrashers; 4 – St. Louis Blues; 5 – New York Islanders; 6 – Columbus Blue Jackets; 7 – Toronto Maple Leafs; 8 – Phoenix Coyotes; 9 – Nashville Predators (from Florida Panthers); 10 – Vancouver Canucks; 11 – Chicago Blackhawks; 12 – Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton Oilers); 13 – Buffalo Sabres; 14 – Carolina Hurricanes. 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 2008 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 the weighted lottery 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 the 2008 Entry Draft. The percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing was as follows, based on team finish: Tampa Bay (25.0 pct.), Los Angeles (18.8 pct.), Atlanta (14.2 pct.), St. Louis (10.7 pct.), NY Islanders (8.1 pct.), COLUMBUS (6.2 pct.), Toronto (4.7 pct.), Phoenix (3.6 pct.), Nashville from Florida (2.7 pct.), Vancouver (2.1 pct.), Chicago (1.5 pct.), Anaheim from Edmonton (1.1 pct.), Buffalo (0.8 pct.) and Carolina (0.5 pct.).
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be hosted by the NHL and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The first round will take place on Friday, June 20 with the subsequent rounds (two through seven) held on Saturday, June 21.
Deposits are now being accepted for the 2008-09 season. For information on season tickets, 10 or 20 game plans and or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.
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