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2009 NHL Draft Drawing to be Televised Live in U.S., Canada for Second Consecutive Year Tuesday, April 14, at 8 P.M. ET on Scotiabank / NHL Draft Lottery

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 7, 2009)
– 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 Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET 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 – titled “Scotiabank / NHL Draft LotteryTM” – produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will be simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S. Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on and It is the second consecutive year the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the third time since 2005.

Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, will be live in TSN’s studios to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 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 26 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27.

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