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The NHL draft lottery is Tuesday, and here are the rules

Apr 6, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

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The NHL’s draft lottery will occur Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by deputy commissioner Bill Daly and airing on NBCSN and TSN.

For those that may have forgotten the rules, here’s the deal:

Only non-playoff teams participate in the lottery.

The team that wins the lottery moves up four positions. Therefore, only teams that finish in the bottom five of the standings have a shot at the first overall pick.

Last year, the New Jersey Devils won and moved from eighth to fourth, allowing the last-place Oilers to keep the first overall pick.

The chances of being selected in the lottery are as follows:

30th place team – 25.0%
29th place team – 18.8%
28th place team – 14.2%
27th place team – 10.7%
26th place team – 8.1%
25th place team – 6.2%
24th place team – 4.7%
23rd place team – 3.6%
22nd place team – 2.7%
21st place team – 2.1%
20th place team – 1.5%
19th place team – 1.1%
18th place team – 0.8%
17th place team – 0.5%

For Blue Jackets fans, this means Columbus (guaranteed to finish last overall) has a 48.2% chance of keeping its first overall pick.

The last team to move up to the first overall pick was Chicago, which jumped from fifth to first in 2007 and selected Patrick Kane. The last-place Flyers were forced to choose second and got James van Riemsdyk. Three years later, the ‘Hawks and Flyers met in the finals and Kane scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal.

In 2004, the Washington Capitals jumped from third to first and picked Alex Ovechkin, dropping Pittsburgh to second (Evgeni Malkin) and Chicago to third (Cam Barker).

So yeah, the NHL draft lottery can have an impact.

  1. iinformeduthusly - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    The hockey fans of Ohio deserve 1st overall, but the Bluejackets deserve to fall to 3rd.

  2. gotampabay52 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Go bolts win this lottery it doesnt involve a goalie we got a shot…….

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Good thing the Wild keep winning! What the heck are they doing????????

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      They go from having a 18.8% chance of winning to 4.7% because they won 4 meaning less games.

    • norseman81 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      I know right! Buidling a winning culture though. That is more important than getting a can’t miss prospect. Dokay!! We need as much talent as possible. Winning now will not entice Suter or Parise. Hopefully we lose in regulation and the Ducks and Leafs win. Top 5 baby!

  4. davebabychreturns - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Wow, forgot Chicago had such a tumultuous (recent) history in the draft lottery.

    Imagine if they had Barker and JVR (who is not chopped liver but is no Patrick Kane either) out of those two awful seasons?

    The Canucks fan in me shudders to think what they’d be like with Kane and Malkin (and Toews, Seabrook, Keith, etc)…

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I will never get over the fact that the Flyers should have had Patrick Kane haha. Brutal.

  6. bcisleman - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Since the Isles got bumped from 4th to 5th last year, maybe they deserve a lottery win. But I’ll be content if they get the #4 pick. That will likely mean Forsberg or Galchenyuk. If Murray falls to #4, maybe Garth will change his no defense on first pick policy.

  7. east96st - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Here’s what we know – no matter what pick the Jackets get, they will find a way to blow it.

  8. bleed4philly - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Cost us a stanley cup

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