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COYOTES TO SELECT 8th AT 2008 NHL ENTRY DRAFT IN OTTAWA

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Monday, April 7, 2007

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The National Hockey League announced today that the Phoenix Coyotes will select 8th at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, June 20. The Coyotes draft position was determined by the National Hockey League on Monday 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 a 3.6% chance of moving up to the fourth position in the Draft Drawing.

The Coyotes finished the 2007-08 regular season with their first round pick from each of the last three Entry Drafts on their roster:  Kyle Turris (3rd overall, 2007), Peter Mueller (8th overall, 2006) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall, 2005).

The results of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, are as follows:

1. Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Atlanta Thrashers
4. St. Louis Blues
5. New York Islanders
6. Columbus Blue Jackets
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
8. Phoenix Coyotes
9. Nashville Predators (from Florida)
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Chicago Blackhawks
12. Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton)
13. Buffalo Sabres
14.  Carolina Hurricanes

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 had the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and would pick no lower than second at the 2008 Entry Draft.

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