NEW YORK — The Colorado Avalanche won the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery™ today and earned the first drafting position for the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Avalanche, who would have picked second based on inverse order of regular-season finish, had the second-greatest percentage likelihood, 18.8%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning combination. Per the new CBA, this was the first NHL Draft Lottery in which each participating team had the opportunity to win the first overall selection.
This is the first time in franchise history Colorado has won the NHL Draft Lottery. Before the Lottery was implemented, the Avalanche franchise has selected first overall three times in previous drafts. With those picks, the team selected Mats Sundin (1989), Owen Nolan (1990) and Eric Lindros (1991).
The Florida Panthers, who would have picked first, now own the second overall selection. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes own the third, fourth and fifth drafting positions, respectively, in the first round.
The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2013 NHL Draft:
1. Colorado Avalanche
2. Florida Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Nashville Predators
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. Calgary Flames
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. New Jersey Devils
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office and the results were shown live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada and simulcast on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. The program was shown live on TSN Mobile TV, aired live on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto and on demand on TSN.ca.
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 Avalanche had been assigned the numbers (3-5-8-11) that were expelled.
The 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery 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 Panthers finished the regular season with the fewest points in the League (36) and were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge. Colorado was assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by Tampa Bay (14.2%), Nashville (10.7%) and Carolina (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 2013 NHL Draft will take place at Prudential Center in Newark. All seven rounds of the Draft will take place Sunday, June 30th starting at 3 p.m. ET. TSN will televise the Draft live in Canada and RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network presents live coverage starting at 3 p.m. ET, while NHL Network in the U.S. continues live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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