The annual NHL Draft Drawing was conducted today at League headquarters in New York in which non-playoff teams jockeyed for draft position. It was determined that the Rangers will have the 10th overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft, which will be held at National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 23 and 24. The Atlanta Thrashers won the Draft Drawing and will have the first overall selection.
The NHL Draft Drawing, a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2001 Entry Draft, is designed to give the teams that finished with the fewest regular season points the greatest chance of being selected.
Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine and four were expelled, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls was matched against the probability chart which divided the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.
The New York Islanders, who finished the regular season with the fewest points (52), were assigned the greatest number of potential combinations (25%). The Tampa Bay Lightning, with the second lowest point total, was assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by Atlanta.
Under the system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the chance to select first overall and no team could move up more than four spots in the draft order.
ORDER OF SELECTION FOR THE FIRST 14 PICKS IN THE 2001 NHL ENTRY DRAFT:
1. Atlanta Thrashers 2. New York Islanders 3. Tampa Bay Lightning 4. Florida Panthers 5. Anaheim Mighty Ducks 6. Minnesota Wild 7. Montreal Canadiens 8. Columbus Blue Jackets 9. Chicago Blackhawks 10. NEW YORK RANGERS 11. Calgary Flames 12. Nashville Predators 13. Boston Bruins 14. Phoenix Coyotes