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Lightning Win Draft Drawing

04/07/2008 9:00 PM

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NEW YORK -- 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

The remaining drafting positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office and, for only the second time ever, the results were televised live on TSN and NHL Network in Canada and VERSUS and NHL Network in the U.S.  The results also were streamed live on and and broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio.
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 Lightning had been assigned the numbers (2-5-6-7) 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 Lightning and Kings both finished the regular season with the fewest points in the League (71).  As a result of winning fewer games (31), Tampa Bay was assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge. The Kings (32 wins) were assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by the Thrashers (14.2%), the Blues (10.7%) and the Islanders (8.1%). The remaining teams had the following chances: 6.2%, 4.7%, 3.6%, 2.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%.
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. The first round will take place on Friday, June 20 the subsequent rounds will take place on Saturday, June 21.

Results of Previous Draft Drawings

Year Selected  Effect On Draft Order Player Selected
1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa    Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier
1999 Chicago   Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
2000 NY Islanders  Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
2001 Atlanta    Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida    Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida    Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004 Washington  Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh     n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis  Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago  Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection ??

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.