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2008 NHL Draft Drawing to be televised live on Monday, April 7 at 8 P.M. for only second time in event's history @NHLdotcom

– 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.

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
1995          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.

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