Is the process confusing? Absolutely, but here we are at the NHL Draft Lottery. Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: not every team has a shot at the first overall pick.
Dr. Mirtle has already done a pretty good job of explaining the way the lottery works (basically you can only move up a maximum of four spots, so only the bottom five teams have a shot at #1. And you can only move down as little as one spot from where you sit before the balls drop).
So Tampa Bay is guaranteed either the first or second pick in 2008. Los Angeles can move up to one, and fall no farther than third. The Islanders can pick anywhere in the top 6. At 13, Buffalo has a .8% of jumping up to the ninth pick and can only slip as low as 14.
TSN’s UPDATED TOP 10:
1. Steven Stamkos, C
2. Zach Bogosian, D
3. Drew Doughty, D
4. Alex Pieterangelo, D
5. Nikita Filatov, LW
6. Luke Schenn, D
7. Mikkel Boedker, LW
8. Colin Wilson, C
9. Tyler Myers, D
10. Cody Hodgson, C
And….the results of the lottery…
#5. Islanders. Intersting tidbit: Tim Connolly was a former #5 pick by the Isles.
And..the rest of the draft (so far):
#9. Nashville (from Florida).
#12. Ducks (from Oilers).
Draft will be held June 20-21 from Ottawa. The Roost will have some coverage leading up to the draft. We may even Facebook friend some of the prospects for you all.