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COYOTES TO SELECT 3rd AT 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT IN COLUMBUS

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes announced that the Coyotes will select 3rd at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, June 22. The Coyotes draft position was determined by the National Hockey League on Tuesday morning after the league conducted a Draft Drawing. The Draft Drawing consisted of a weighted lottery system that determined the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Coyotes had an 18.8% chance of moving up to the first position in the Draft Drawing.

With the 3rd overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, it will mark first time since the Coyotes moved to the Valley in 1996 that the club has had a top 3 pick in the draft. The highest draft position in Coyotes history was in 2004 when the club had the 5th overall pick and selected Blake Wheeler. The Coyotes had the 8th overall selection in 2006 (Peter Mueller). The highest draft position in franchise history was in 1981 when the Winnipeg Jets selected Dale Hawerchuk with the 1st selection overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. The Jets' second highest draft position was 2nd overall (Dave Babych) in 1980.

The results of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2007 Entry Draft, are as follows:
1. Chicago Blackhawks
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Phoenix Coyotes
4. Los Angeles Kings
5. Washington Capitals
6. Edmonton Oilers
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
8. Boston Bruins
9. St. Louis Blues
10. Florida Panthers
11. Carolina Hurricanes
12. Montreal Canadiens
13. Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Colorado Avalanche

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.

Clubs selected in the Draft Drawing could not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection were the five clubs with the lowest regular-season point totals, or those that acquired an eligible club's first-round draft picks. No club could move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.

Under the weighted lottery system, the club with the fewest regular-season points (Philadelphia) had the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and would pick no lower than second at the 2007 Entry Draft.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 commencing at 7:00 p.m. (Columbus time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23.

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