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|
|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||-|
|2006||St. Louis||St. Louis||St. Louis||Erik Johnson||-|
|2008||Tampa Bay||Tampa Bay||Tampa Bay||Steven Stamkos||-|
|2009||NY Islanders||NY Islanders||NY Islanders||John Tavares||-|
|2011||Edmonton||New Jersey++||Edmonton||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Adam Larsson|
* – 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)