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Capitals to Select Fourth in First Round of 2006 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – April 20, 2006 – The Washington Capitals will select fourth in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the league announced Thursday following the NHL Draft Drawing. The St. Louis Blues won the Draft Drawing and will have the No. 1 overall selection. The NHL Entry Draft will take place at 6 p.m. ET on June 24, 2006, at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be televised on OLN.

The NHL Draft Drawing, which was conducted in the league’s New York office, is a weighted system to give the teams that finished with the fewest points during the regular season the greatest chance of having their combination selected. The Blues, who finished the regular season with the fewest points (57), were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks (14.2%) and the Capitals (10.7%).
The Capitals have two first-round picks in the upcoming draft and five selections in the first two rounds.
The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in each round of the 2006 Entry Draft, not including traded selections, is as follows:
      1.   St. Louis Blues
      2.   Pittsburgh Penguins
      3.   Chicago Blackhawks
      4.   Washington Capitals
      5.   Boston Bruins
      6.   Columbus Blue Jackets
      7.   New York Islanders
      8.   Phoenix Coyotes
      9.   Minnesota Wild
    10.   Florida Panthers
    11.   Los Angeles Kings
    12.   Atlanta Thrashers
    13.   Toronto Maple Leafs
    14.   Vancouver Canucks
The remaining drafting positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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