On Tuesday night, the Rangers learned which pick they will have in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft as a result of the league's annual Draft Drawing.
That pick will be at No. 10.
The Edmonton Oilers, the team that had the highest chance of winning the drawing based on its record in 2009-10, won Tuesday's draft lotter. As a result of Edmonton winning the draw, all other teams retained draft positions they had earned as a result of their regular-season finish.
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place from June 25-26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
For the Blueshirts, this will be the first top-10 pick in six years. The last time they selected in the top 10 was in 2004, when the Rangers chose Al Montoya No. 6 overall. The last time the team picked in the top 10 before that was in 2001, when they chose goalie Dan Blackburn with the No. 10 overall.
In addition to Blackburn, the Rangers have held a No. 10 overall pick in 1987, 1972 and 1971. The most famous of those picks was Steve Vickers
. Picked 10th overall in 1971, Vickers went on to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year for 1972-73.
Edmonton will be picking at No. 1 overall for the first time in the Oiler's 31-year history as an NHL team. The complete draft order for the non-playoff teams is as follows:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Boston Bruins (from Toronto)
3. Florida Panthers
4. Columbus Blue Jackets
5. N.Y. Islanders
6. Tampa Bay Lightning
7. Carolina Hurricanes
8. Atlanta Thrashers
9. Minnesota Wild 10. New York Rangers
11. Dallas Stars
12. Anaheim Ducks
13. Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary)
14. St. Louis Blues