The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, will take place tonight at the NHL's New York office.
NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise the results of the Draft Drawing live at 8 p.m., ET. The 30-minute show, produced by TSN and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury, also will be available on VERSUS, NHL.com and on XM Radio.
Clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate. Under the weighted lottery 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 at the 2008 Entry Draft.
The club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order; the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five with the lowest regular-season point totals, or those that acquired an eligible club's first-round draft picks. No club can 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:
Tampa Bay 25.0% Los Angeles 18.8% Atlanta 14.2% St. Louis 10.7% NY Islanders 8.1% Columbus 6.2% Toronto 4.7% Phoenix 3.6% Nashville (from Florida) 2.7% Vancouver 2.1% Chicago 1.5% Anaheim (from Edmonton) 1.1% Buffalo 0.8% Carolina 0.5%
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.