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National Hockey League Draft Drawing to be Held Tuesday

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, the League announced April 12.

The NHL will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program – "2010 LG Draft Lottery" – that will be televised on VERSUS in the U.S. and streamed live on NHL.com. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will reveal the order of selection for the top picks in this year's draft. The Draft Drawing involves clubs that did not qualify for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs or clubs that acquired the first round drafting position of non-playoff clubs.

Per NHL rules, the club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular season point totals or clubs that acquired an eligible club's first round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing. As a result, the Blue Jackets, who are in the fourth position and have a 10.7 percent chance of winning the drawing, will own either the first, fourth or fifth overall pick in the draft.

The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing is as follows: Edmonton Oilers (25.0 pct.), Boston Bruins from Toronto (18.8 pct.), Florida Panthers (14.2 pct.), Blue Jackets (10.7 pct.), New York Islanders (8.1 pct.), Tampa Bay Lightning (6.2 pct.), Carolina Hurricanes (4.7 pct.), Atlanta Thrashers (3.6 pct.), Minnesota Wild (2.7 pct.), New York Rangers (2.1 pct.), Dallas Stars (1.5 pct.), Anaheim Ducks (1.1 pct.), Phoenix Coyotes from Calgary (0.8 pct.) and St. Louis Blues (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 the 2010 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).

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.

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