The Tampa Bay Lightning have a 14.2 percent chance of winning the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery which will take place tonight, Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m. The lottery results will be announced live on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and on TSN in Canada.
The Lightning have the third-highest chance of being awarded the NHL’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, which will take place on Sunday, June 30, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Florida Panthers (25.0%) and Colorado Avalanche (18.8%) are the only teams with higher odds. Teams’ chances at winning the lottery are determined by their regular-season point totals.
This is the first time in the NHL’s history that all 14 non-playoff teams have a chance to obtain the No. 1 pick. In previous years, the lottery winner was only allowed to move up four spots in the draft order.
Since the implementation of the lottery in 1995, the Lightning have had the first overall selection twice, in 1998 and 2008. In 1998, Tampa Bay did not win the lottery, the San Jose Sharks did, but Tampa Bay held the rights to swap first-round picks with the Sharks and the Lightning exercised that right, picking current captain Vincent Lecavalier. In 2008, the Lightning won the lottery, holding the highest odds, and selected two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner, Steven Stamkos. Since 1995, three teams with the third-highest odds have won the lottery. Atlanta and Florida did it in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and Washington moved from third to first in 2004. The Lightning have never previously held the third position entering the draft lottery.