Which way will the ping-pong balls bounce? Fans will get to find out live during the 2010 LG NHL Draft Lottery.
The show will be telecast live at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 13 (VERSUS, TSN, NHL.com).
The NHL Draft Lottery will set the draft order for the first 14 picks of the 2010 Entry Draft, to be held June 25-26 in Los Angeles.
The Edmonton Oilers
, who will finish with the fewest points in the League, will have the best chance of winning the top pick. They have a 25.0-percent chance of winning the lottery outright, and a 48.2-percent chance of gaining the No. 1 pick -- rules state that no team can move up more than five spots, so if a team that finishes anywhere between 25th and 17th in the standings wins the lottery, the Oilers would automatically get the No. 1 pick. Also, no team can move down more than one slot.
The team with the fewest points in the League has won the lottery the last two years -- Tampa Bay in 2008, when they selected Steven Stamkos
, and the New York Islanders
in 2009, when they picked John Tavares
The choices for whoever wins the lottery this year include Central Scouting's top two-rated players: Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin
and Windsor Spitfires left wing Taylor Hall.
There's also a rich crop of defensemen, including Erik Gudbranson
of the Kingston Frontenacs, Windsor's Cam Fowler
, the Moncton Wildcats' Brandon Gormley
, Mark Pysyk
of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Derek Forbort
of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program.
The chances of each team winning the lottery:
30th place team - 25.0 percent
29th place team - 18.8 percent
28th place team - 14.2 percent
27th place team - 10.7 percent
26th place team - 8.1 percent
25th place team - 6.2 percent
24th place team - 4.7 percent
23rd place team - 3.6 percent
22nd place team - 2.7 percent
21st place team - 2.1 percent
20th place team - 1.5 percent
19th place team - 1.1 percent
18th place team - 0.8 percent
17th place team - 0.5 percent
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The first round will take place on Friday, June 25 commencing at 7 p.m. ET and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 26.
Results of Previous Draft Drawings
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury