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Draft drawing to be televised live

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The NHL's Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. EDT at the NHL’s New York City office.

The league, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program – titled “Scotiabank / NHL Draft LotteryTM” – produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will be simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S.  Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on and It is the second consecutive year the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the third time since 2005.

Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, will be live in TSN’s studios to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 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.

Under the weighted system, the club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second. Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is:

        30th place team     - 25.0%            23rd place team     -   3.6%
        29th place team     - 18.8%            22nd place team -   2.7%
        28th place team     - 14.2%            21st place team     -   2.1%
        27th place team     - 10.7%            20th place team     -   1.5%
        26th place team     -   8.1%            19th place team     -   1.1%
        25th place team     -   6.2%            18th place team     -   0.8%
        24th place team     -   4.7%            17th place team     -   0.5%
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round will take place on Friday, June 26 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27.

Results of Previous Draft Drawings
Year          Selected                  Effect On Draft Order                      Player Selected
1995          Los Angeles           Moved from 7th to 3rd                       D Aki Berg
1996          Ottawa                     Retained 1st selection                      D Chris Phillips
1997          Boston                     Retained 1st selection                      C Joe Thornton
1998          Tampa Bay              Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades     C Vincent Lecavalier
1999          Chicago                   Moved from 8th to 4th                        RW Pavel Brendl *
2000          NY Islanders           Moved from 5th to 1st                        G Rick DiPietro
2001          Atlanta                       Moved from 3rd to 1st                       LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002          Florida                       Moved from 3rd to 1st                       LW Rick Nash **
2003          Florida                       Moved from 4th to 1st                       G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004          Washington              Moved from 3rd to 1st                       LW Alex Ovechkin
2005          Pittsburgh                  n/a                                                        C Sidney Crosby
2006          St. Louis                     Retained 1st selection                    D Erik Johnson
2007          Chicago                      Moved from 5th to 1st                      RW Patrick Kane
2008          Tampa Bay                   Retained 1st selection                 C Steven Stamkos
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.
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