Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Lightning

2008 NHL Draft Lottery This Monday, April 7 At 8PM

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 2, 2008) – The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Monday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET at the NHL’s New York City office.


  • Tampa Bay Lightning Draft History

  • The League, in cooperation with TSN, further announced that the results of the Draft Drawing will be televised live by TSN in Canada; VERSUS in the U.S.; and NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada.  Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on and and broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio.  It will be only the second time the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the first time since 2005, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to select first overall and drafted Sidney Crosby.

    The 30-minute, live program – titled “Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery” – will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will originate from the NHL on TSN studios in Toronto.  TSN’s James Duthie will host the program, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury.          

    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 2008 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.  The first round will take place on Friday, June 20 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

    Results of Previous Draft Drawings

    Year Selected Effect On Draft Order Player Selected
    Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
    1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
    1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
    1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier
    1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
    2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
    2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
    2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
    2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
    2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
    2005 Pittsburgh N/A C Sidney Crosby
    2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
    2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane

    * NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

    ** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.

    *** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

    View More