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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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The Islanders have been awarded the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Islanders won the right to the first pick overall by winning the NHL’s Draft Drawing, held on Tuesday night at the League’s New York City office.

“We’re extremely pleased to have the first overall selection in this year’s draft,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “This is an exciting time for the franchise and we are truly looking forward to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.”

The NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 26th in Montreal.

This marks the fourth time in franchise history that the Islanders have held the first overall selection in the NHL Draft. The last time the Islanders had the first overall selection was in 2000 when the team selected goaltender Rick DiPietro. The other first overall selections were Billy Harris in 1972 and Denis Potvin in 1973.

The Islanders had a 25 percent chance of being awarded the top pick outright, but since NHL rules dictate that no team can move up more than four spots as a result of wining the Lottery -- the Islanders held a 48.2 percent chance of securing the top spot.

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