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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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