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NHL Draft lottery set for Apr. 29, all non-playoff teams eligible for No. 1 pick

Mar 4, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT


On Monday, the NHL announced that its annual draft lottery would be held on Monday, Apr. 29 — and that, for the first time in history, all 14 non-playoff teams would have a shot at winning the first overall selection.

Here are the details:

The NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2013 NHL Draft. Teams finishing with the fewest points during the regular season possess the greatest chance of winning the right to the first pick.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, are placed in a lottery machine. The machine expels four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls is matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.

While the top pick can now go to any of the 14 non-playoff clubs, or the team owning the rights to the first pick of a non-playoff club, the odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years.

The teams in the drawing are ranked in inverse order of their regular season point totals, with team one being the club with the fewest points, and team 14 being the club with the most points among those outside of the playoffs.

And here are the likelihoods (in percentages) of each team getting the first pick:

Team 1 — 25.0%
Team 2 — 18.8%
Team 3 — 14.2%
Team 4 — 10.7%
Team 5 — 8.1%
Team 6 — 6.2%
Team 7 — 4.7%
Team 8 — 3.6%
Team 9 — 2.7%
Team 10 — 2.1%
Team 11 — 1.5%
Team 12 — 1.1%
Team 13 — 0.8%
Team 14 — 0.5%


— The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will be held on Sunday, July 30 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey starting at 3 p.m. ET.

— No club will move down more than one position as a result of the lottery.

— The remaining first-round positions are determined by Stanley Cup Playoffs results.

  1. davebabychreturns - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Or as Steve Tambellini calls it, day one of the REAL season.

  2. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Fans of the Southeastern division….mark your calenders

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Fans of the Southeast division….mark your calenders

    • sj42084 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Maybe if you try it a third time youll figure out how to spell calendar correctly

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        I’ll give it a shot

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM


  5. billymccloskey - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I bet Edmonton will get it…. Again!

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Hola Billy…..SPANISH!

  6. operwapitsai - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    well how can any team move up more than one position if teams cant move down more than one position???

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      It just means they are only really drawing for 1st overall, if I’m not mistaken.

      Let’s say the 20th overall team (ie. the team that should pick 10th) wins the draw, they will pick 1st overall.

      The team that finished 30th (ie should have picked 1st) drafts 2nd, 29th (ie. 2nd) drafts 3rd, and so on and so on.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Edmonton will get it again, making it the 4th straight year they had with the 1st overall pick. I think they should have the “1st pick line” with Nugent-Hopkins centering Hall and Yakupov. Maybe they might have all 1st round defensive pairing in a few years if they keep it up.

  8. handsofsweed - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I see that percentages list and the 1st thing that comes to mind is the large, sad possibility that Columbus will somehow end up picking 4th after posting the worst record by 7-8 points, easy.

  9. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    This system will not have the desired effect of stopping a team from tanking to get a top pick since if you finish last the worst you can do is pick second.

  10. watchfullhose - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    And basically guaranteeing that the Columbus Blue Jackets will finish in last place until at least 2017

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