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Ducks Will Pick 12th in Draft

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks will pick 12th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, as determined in today's NHL Draft Drawing. The Ducks have an additional first-round pick (from Philadelphia), which will be slotted at the conclusion of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Drawing and retained the first overall drafting position for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held June 25 and 26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Oilers had the greatest percentage likelihood, 25%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning combination. Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points, or the teams owning the rights to those picks, had the chance to win the first overall selection; no team could move up more than four spots and no team could move backward more than one.

The Boston Bruins (via Toronto), Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders own the second, third, fourth and fifth drafting positions in the first round.

The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2010 Entry Draft is as follows:

1.  Edmonton Oilers
2.  Boston Bruins (from Toronto)
3.  Florida Panthers
4.  Columbus Blue Jackets
5.  New York Islanders
6.  Tampa Bay Lightning
7.  Carolina Hurricanes
8.  Atlanta Thrashers
9.  Minnesota Wild
10. New York Rangers
11. Dallas Stars
12. Anaheim Ducks
13. Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary)
14. St. Louis Blues

The remaining positions are determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office and the results were televised live on the 2010 LG NHL Draft Lottery on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. The results also were streamed live on, available on-demand at and broadcast live on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

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 Oilers had been assigned the numbers (4-8-1-2) 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 Oilers finished the regular season with the fewest points in the League (62) and were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge. Boston was assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by Florida (14.2%), Columbus (10.7%) and the Islanders (8.1%). The Blue Jackets and Islanders each finished the season with 79 points, but as a result of having fewer wins, the Blue Jackets were assigned 10.7% of the number combinations and the Islanders 8.1%. The remaining teams had the following chances: 6.2%, 4.7%, 3.6%, 2.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%.
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