Chicago Blackhawks win draft lottery, No. 1 pick
WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 10, 2007 - The Washington Capitals received the fifth overall selection at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft during today's draft drawing held at the league's offices in New York. The Chicago Blackhawks, who began the lottery just behind Washington with an 8.1% chance of winning, won the lottery and the No. 1 draft pick. Washington entered today's lottery with the fourth-best chance of landing the first pick (10.7%).
The drawing, a weighted lottery involving the 14 clubs that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs or teams that obtained those respective clubs' first-round draft pick, used a probability system offering all participating teams a certain percentage of odds for receiving the first pick overall.
Only the five teams with the fewest points in the league this season (or teams that obtained those respective clubs' first-round selection) could have won the draft drawing, as the club selected may not have moved up more than four positions in the draft order.
The Philadelphia Flyers' 56 points this season gave them the greatest odds for winning the lottery, as the league's last-placed team had a 25.0% chance. The Phoenix Coyotes, who completed the season with 67 points, had an 18.8% chance of winning, while the Los Angeles Kings (68 points) odds were at 14.2%.
Below is a listing of the first-round draft order for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft:
1. Chicago Blackhawks
8. Boston Bruins
2. Philadelphia Flyers
9. St. Louis Blues
3. Phoenix Coyotes
10. Florida Panthers
4. Los Angeles Kings
11. Carolina Hurricanes
5. Washington Capitals
12. Montreal Canadiens
6. Edmonton Oilers
13. Toronto Maple Leafs
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
14. Colorado Avalanche
The remaining drafting positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Washington will enter this year's draft with 10 picks in the seven-round Entry Draft, including a pair of picks in both the first and second rounds. This year's Entry Draft will take place on June 22-23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.