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Wild Will Pick Ninth In NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Bryan Little is the ninth-ranked player according to
The Minnesota Wild was slated for the ninth overall pick in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft heading into Thursday’s NHL Draft lottery. There was a 2.7%chance the Wild could move up as high as the number five pick, but it also could have fallen back one spot if a team behind it had won the lottery. Neither scenario happened, and the Wild will pick ninth on June 24 at the Draft in Vancouver.

The St. Louis Blues will own the first pick in the Draft.

This will be the fifth time in seven years that Minnesota has had a top 10 pick. It has never picked ninth overall, but the Wild did select Pierre-Marc Bouchard with the eighth overall pick in 2002. The most notable player taken recently with the ninth pick is defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who was selected by Calgary in the 2003 Entry Draft.

According to Hockey’s Future, the ninth-rated player is Bryan Little, a 5-foot-10 center with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

The remaining drafting positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but assuming the Edmonton Oilers do not win the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Wild will also own the 17th overall pick in the draft.

The Drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine expelled four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls was matched against a probability chart that divided the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs. The chart showed that the Blues had been assigned the numbers (11-14-13-1) that were expelled.
The Draft Drawing is a weighted system to give the teams that finished with the fewest points during the regular season the greatest chance of having their combination selected.

The Blues, who finished the regular season with the fewest points (57), were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks (14.2%) and the Washington Capitals (10.7%).  The remaining teams had the following chances: 8.1%, 6.2%, 4.7%, 3.6%, 2.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%.

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