The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will take place tonight at 8 pm at the NHL’s New York City office.
The League, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program—entitled Scotiabank/NHL Draft LotteryTM—produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will be simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S. In addition, the results will be streamed live on NHL.com and TSN.ca.
The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the Clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.
Per NHL rules, the Club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.
Under the weighted system, the Club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second. Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is:
30th place team 25.0% 23rd place team 3.6% 29th place team 18.8% 22nd place team 2.7% 28th place team 14.2% 21st place team 2.1% 27th place team 10.7% 20th place team 1.5% 26th place team 8.1% 19th place team 1.1% 25th place team 6.2% 18th place team 0.8% 24th place team 4.7% 17th place team 0.5%
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The first round will take place on Friday, June 26th beginning at 7 p.m. and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27th.
The Islanders Draft Party will be held on June 26th at Nassau Coliseum.
Channel listings for VERSUS:
Cablevision: 146/408 Cablevision HD: 719 Verizon FiOS: 90/590 DirecTV: 608 Dish Network: 151 Time Warner: 122 Time Warner HD: 794