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Panthers Have Third Best Chance Of Winning NHL Draft Lottery On Tuesday

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – The National Hockey League announced today that the Florida Panthers have a 14.2-percent chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery, to be conducted Tuesday April 13, at 8 p.m., live on Versus. The Panthers have the third best odds of winning the lottery behind Edmonton and Boston (from Toronto).

“Tomorrow night’s Draft Lottery is the next step in the multi-step plan we have outlined for reshaping this team,” said Panthers GM Randy Sexton. “This process began at the trade deadline and will continue through the Draft, free agency, and in training camp.”

According to NHL Central Scouting the top three North American skaters ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft are Tyler Seguin (Plymouth – OHL), Taylor Hall (Windsor – OHL) and Brett Connolly (Prince George – WHL). The top three international skaters are Mikael Granlund (HIFK), Vladimir Tarasenko (Novosibirsk) and Evgeny Kunetsov (Chelyabinsk).

The NHL, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program, 2010 LG NHL® Draft Lottery -- produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will also be simulcast on VERSUS and streamed live on in the U.S.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be live in TSN’s studio to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. GM Randy Sexton will represent the Panthers at the Drawing. 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.

The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing:

Edmonton 25.0%
Boston (from Toronto) 18.8%
Florida 14.2%
Columbus 10.7%
NY Islanders 8.1%
Tampa Bay 6.2%
Carolina 4.7%
Atlanta 3.6%
Minnesota 2.7%
NY Rangers 2.1%
Dallas 1.5%
Anaheim 1.1%
Phoenix (from CGY) 0.8%
St. Louis 0.5%

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The first round will take place on Friday, June 25 commencing at 4 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26.

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