The 2013 NHL draft is slated to take place on April 29th in New Jersey. That's a Sunday, and every single round will take place on the same day for the first time since 2006.
The way the draft lottery occurs has changed since the lockout (2013 edition), and Allan Muir over at Sports Illustrated did a fantastic job of explaining the math...and stuff. Numbers just aren't my thing, so here's the breakdown per Muir.
The 2013 NHL Draft Lottery... will be the first in which all 14 clubs that do not qualify for the playoffs (or a team that’s acquired their pick) will have a chance at winning the right to make the first overall choice.
Previously, a team could move up no more than four spots, so only the five teams with the fewest point totals could claim the first selection. ...
Fourteen balls will be placed in a lottery machine. Four are expelled, forming a four-digit number that will be matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.
The odds of each team winning increases based on how badly each team performed (obviously).
For the sake of this mock draft, I won't be placing 14 balls into a lotto machine, forming a four-digit code and matching it against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the participating clubs. Or whatever. The corner store I live by doesn't stock enough cheap beer to get me through that experience.
Instead, I am just going to take the oh-so-easy way out and go in reverse order of the standings as of March 11th, 2013 (and prior to any games that take place this evening). There is sure to be some shake, rattle and rolling in the standings during the second half of the season, but this should start to give fans a good idea of the type of player their team will have a chance at selecting.
While the draft isn't quite as deep as everyone thought it would be, it still offers at least 10 or 11 outstanding options through the first third of the draft, and some sturdy pickups through the latter parts.