The Tampa Bay Lightning won the National Hockey League Draft Drawing today and retained the first overall drafting position for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, June 20 and 21 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Lightning had the greatest percentage likelihood, 25%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning combination.
Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the chance to win the first overall selection; no team could move up more than four spots and no team could move backward more than one.
The Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders own the second, third, fourth and fifth drafting positions in the first round.
The Lightning have selected first overall twice before in franchise history. With those picks, the team selected Roman Hamrlik (1992) and Vincent Lecavalier (1998).
The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2008 Entry Draft is as follows:
1. Tampa Bay Lightning 2. Los Angeles Kings 3. Atlanta Thrashers 4. St. Louis Blues 5. New York Islanders 6. Columbus Blue Jackets 7. Toronto Maple Leafs 8. Phoenix Coyotes 9. Nashville Predators (from Florida) 10. Vancouver Canucks 11. Chicago Blackhawks 12. Anaheim Ducks (from Edmonton) 13. Buffalo Sabres 14. Carolina Hurricanes