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Panthers to Host Draft Lottery Party on Monday, April 29

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Florida Panthers will host a Watch Party coinciding with the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Plantation. Former Panthers player and current TV analyst Bill Lindsay will host the Party and provide insight into the Draft as the Panthers find out where they will select in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft held in New Jersey on Sunday, June 30.

“This year’s draft class consists of a pool of extremely talented and skilled players,” said Florida Panthers Executive VP/GM Dale Tallon. “With our selection, we will add a player that will add to the strong nucleus that we have already in place.”

The Watch Party will feature food and drink specials and Panthers Patrol members will also be on hand with games, prizes, contests and giveaways for fans. Duffy’s Sports Grill is located at 811 S. University Dr in Plantation.

This year’s Draft Lottery offers a new twist as all 14 Non-Playoff Teams have a chance to win the No. 1 pick. The odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years and determined by the teams’ regular-season point totals. The lottery-winning team will draft first overall, with the remaining 13 teams slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. In previous years, the winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order.

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the CONSOL Prudential Center in Newark, with all seven rounds held on June 30. Florida has held a Top-3 pick in two of the previous three drafts, selecting D Erik Gudbranson third overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles and F Jonathan Huberdeau third overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.

Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Lottery is:

30th 25.0%

29th 18.8%

28th 14.2%

27th 10.7%

26th 8.1%

25th 6.2%

24th 4.7%

23rd 3.6%

22nd 2.7%

21st 2.1%

20th 1.5%

19th 1.1%

18th 0.8%

17th 0.5%

About Duffy's Sports Grill

Duffy’s Sports Grill, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida operates 23 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located on the Southeast coast of Florida. Established in 1985, the company has become a regional market leader known for top quality casual dining with an emphasis on freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items. Duffy’s boasts a distinctly upscale sports environment complete with all the satellite programming available, over 50 TVs per location, and framed authentic sports memorabilia throughout each restaurant. For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, please visit the company’s website at

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