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Lightning to have third overall pick in 2013 NHL Draft

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

The National Hockey League held its annual 2013 NHL Draft Lottery Tuesday night at TSN headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

As a result of the lottery, the Lightning will have the third overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, slated for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Entering Monday, the Bolts had a 14.2 percent chance of winning the lottery, but in the end, the Lightning did not move from its original spot at No. 3.

Even though the Florida Panthers finished the season with the fewest amount of points and had the greatest chance of winning the lottery at 25 percent, it was the Colorado Avalanche who prevailed instead, and who will pick first overall come the end of June.

The Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes round out the top five.

The order of selections is as follows:

1. Colorado Avalanche

2. Florida Panthers

3. Tampa Bay Lightning

4. Nashville Predators

5. Carolina Hurricanes

6. Calgary Flames

7. Edmonton Oilers

8. Buffalo Sabres

9. New Jersey Devils

10. Dallas Stars

11. Philadelphia Flyers

12. Phoenix Coyotes

13. Winnipeg Jets

14. Columbus Blue Jackets

The draft order for the remainder of the picks will be determined at the conclusion of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs., however, has already put together several mock drafts, performed by its staff.

Adam Kimelman has the Lightning selecting Finnish center Aleksander Barkov, while Mike Morreale went with the Bolts choosing left wing Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Last but not least,'s Steven Hoffner has Tampa Bay going with a different forward from the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads, center Nathan MacKinnon.

Prior to tonight, the Lightning had never previously held the third position entering the draft lottery.

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