NHL Draft Lottery – Open Thread

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NHL Draft Lottery
Image: TSN.ca

NHL Draft Lottery
Image: TSN.ca

The Leafs will be picking first, fifth or sixth in the draft depending on the lottery result tonight. Obviously, the likelihood is that we stay put at fifth (74.7%).There’s a 17.2% chance we fall further back to sixth.

Cross every limb and hope we can overcome 91.8% worth of odds. The lottery airs tonight at 8 p.m. on TSN.

NHL Draft Lottery History

YEAR WORST TEAM LOTTERY WINNER 1ST OVERALL TEAM 1ST OVERALL PICK WINNER’S PICK
1995 Ottawa Los Angeles* Ottawa Bryan Berard Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Boston Boston Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay San Jose# Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier
1999 Tampa Bay Chicago** Atlanta Patrik Stefan Pavel Brendl***
2000 Atlanta NY Islanders NY Islanders Rick DiPietro
2001 NY Islanders Atlanta Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Atlanta Florida^ Columbus Rick Nash
2003 Carolina Florida^^ Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury
2004 Pittsburgh Washington Washington Alexander Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh+ Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Erik Johnson
2007 Philadelphia Chicago Chicago Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos
2009 NY Islanders NY Islanders NY Islanders John Tavares
2010 Edmonton Edmonton Edmonton Taylor Hall
2011 Edmonton New Jersey++ Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Adam Larsson
2012 Columbus

* – Los Angeles could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 7th to 3rd)

# – San Jose was selected in the 1998 drawing, but Tampa Bay held the right to swap first round picks with the Sharks and exercised that right to go to first.

** – Chicago could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)

*** – NY Rangers obtained Chicago’s pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

^ – Florida traded first overall pick to Columbus

^^ – Florida traded first overall pick to Pittsburgh

+ – NHL lockout cancelled 2004-05 season, all 30 teams were entered

++ – New Jersey could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)