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Lightning will have No. 10 selection in 2012 NHL Draft

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

The National Hockey League held its annual 2012 NHL Draft Lottery Tuesday night at TSN headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

The Edmonton Oilers, the 29th -ranked team in the league this season, supplanted the Columbus Blue Jackets with the No. 1 overall pick and will choose first for the third consecutive year.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's position at No. 10 did not move from its original spot as a result of the lottery. The Bolts also have Detroit's first-round pick, which is currently No. 23 overall, pending the results of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As a result of Tuesday night's Draft Lottery, the order of selections so far is as follows:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Minnesota Wild
8. Carolina Hurricanes
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Tampa Bay Lightning
11. Washington Capitals (From Colorado)
12. Buffalo Sabres
13. Dallas Stars
14. Calgary Flames

The draft order for the remainder of the picks will be determined at the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As far as the Lightning go, however, the team is slated to have two picks in the first round of the Draft, as well as four picks in the second round.

A mock draft performed by NHL analyst Craig Button forecasted the Lightning to take defenseman Morgan Rielly at No. 10.

Rielly, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, recorded three goals and 18 points in 18 games this season for the Moose Jaw Warriors of Canada's Western Hockey League before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In 2010-11, he led Moose Jaw in rookie scoring and was second among defensemen with 28 points in 65 games.

In's mock draft, staff members Adam Kimelman, Mike Morreale and Steve Hoffner had the Lightning choosing Matthew Dumba, a 5-foot-11, 173-pound defenseman out of Red Deer of the WHL, although at the No. 7 spot.

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will take place June 22 and 23 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

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