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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

--- The National Hockey League announced today that the Phoenix Coyotes will select 6th at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal on Friday, June 26 (round one) and Saturday, June 27 (rounds 2-7). The Coyotes draft position was determined by the National Hockey League on Tuesday 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 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Coyotes finished the 2008-09 season with their first overall picks from each of the last four Entry Drafts on their roster: Mikkel Boedker (8th overall, 2008), Kyle Turris (3rd overall, 2007), Peter Mueller (8th overall, 2006) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall, 2005). Viktor Tikhonov, who was also drafted in the first round in 2008 (28th overall), played for the Coyotes this season as well.

The results of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, are as follows:

1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings

7. Toronto Maple Leafs
8. Dallas Stars
9. Ottawa Senators
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. Nashville Predators
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Buffalo Sabres
14. Florida Panthers

The Drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office and the results were televised live on the Scotiabank / NHL Draft Lottery on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. The results also were streamed live on Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine expelled four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls was matched against a probability chart that divided the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs. The chart showed that the Islanders had been assigned the numbers (5-7-6-11) that were expelled.

The Draft Drawing 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 Islanders finished the regular season with the fewest points in the League (61) and were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge. Tampa Bay (66 points) was assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by the Avalanche (14.2%) and the Thrashers (10.7%). The Kings and Coyotes each finished the season with 79 points, but as a result of having fewer wins, the Kings were assigned 8.1% of the number combinations and the Coyotes 6.2%. The remaining teams had the following chances: 4.7%, 3.6%, 2.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%.

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