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Top Of Draft Order Determined Tonight

Panthers, others find out where selecting in first round of 2014 NHL Draft.

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 12:00 PM ET / 2013 NHL Draft
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Top Of Draft Order Determined Tonight
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The NHL Draft will be held on June 27-28, 2014 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The draft order of the first 13 picks will be finalized Tuesday night at the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN).

At the NHL Draft Lottery, the 14 non-playoffs teams have a shot at winning the first pick with their odds based on where each team finished in the regular season. This season, only 13 of the 14 non-playoff teams have a shot at winning the lottery as the New Jersey Devils will be picking 30th in the first round regardless of the lottery’s outcome.

Who goes first in this year’s draft is still very much up in the air. Among the top draft eligible players, are forwards Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl along with blueliner Aaron Ekblad.

The Panthers have an 18.8% chance of winning the lottery, the second best odds behind only the Buffalo Sabres who have a 25% chance of winning. There are three scenarios that could play out for the Panthers on Tuesday. The first is, they win the lottery and move up from the second pick in the draft to the first. Second, the Buffalo Sabres win the lottery, stay at the top of the draft and the Panthers stay in the second spot. Finally, a team below the Panthers could win the lottery which would move Florida down a spot. For example, say the Oilers win the lottery; they would move up from their third spot to the first spot. The Sabres would then move down to second and the Panthers would move to third. Any team below the Oilers would be unaffected.

Florida has twice won the Draft lottery, moving from third to first in 2002 and following that up one year later as they moved from fourth to first.

So to recap: If the Panthers win the lottery, they pick first. If the Sabres win the lottery then the Panthers stay in the second spot. If any team below the Panthers wins the lottery then the Panthers move down to third.

Here are the odds for the NHL Draft Lottery:

Team Draft Position Headed Into Lottery Chance To Win #1
Buffalo Sabres 1 25.0%
Florida Panthers 2 18.8%
Edmonton Oilers 3 14.2%
Calgary Flames 4 10.7%
New York Islanders 5 8.1%
Vancouver Canucks 6 6.2%
Caroina Hurricanes 7 4.7%
Toronto Maple Leafs 8 3.6%
Winnipeg Jets 9 2.7%
Phoenix Coyotes 10 2.1%
Ottawa Senators 11 1.5%
New Jersey Devils 12 Cannot Win
Nashville Predators 13 0.8%
Washington Capitals 14 0.5%

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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