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2013 NHL Draft

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
Panthers, others find out where selecting in first round of 2014 NHL Draft.
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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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