This just in: The Panthers have a slight chance of getting the top pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
Less than one percent.
Drawing will be Tuesday in Nueva York. Here's the release from the NHL. Islanders can do no worse than No. 2, so good for them.
-- We should be getting the complete schedule for the first round here in a little while. The matchups are set. When the full sked comes out, I'll post it. Unless I'm out.
Series 'A' - #1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
Series 'B' - #2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers
Series 'C' - #3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes
Series 'D' - #4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers
Series 'E' - #1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks
Series 'F' - #2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets
Series 'G' - #3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues
Series 'H' - #4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames
FROM THE NHL --
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing,
a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14
picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 14, at
8 p.m. ET at the NHL’s New York City office.
The League will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada and simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S. The show also will be streamed live on NHL.com and TSN.ca. NHL Network will re-broadcast the Draft Drawing in the U.S. only at 9 p.m., ET.
Clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate. Under the weighted lottery system, the club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second at the 2009 Entry Draft.
The club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order; the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five with the lowest regular-season point totals, or those that acquired an eligible club's first-round draft picks. No club can move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.
The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing:
NY Islanders 25.0%
Tampa Bay 18.8%
Los Angeles 8.1%
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday, June 26 (round one) and Saturday, June 27 (rounds 2-7).