The NHL made some notable changes to the draft lottery this year, and the result is an event with even more intrigue involving teams most in need of an infusion of elite young talent.
For the first time in the event’s history, every squad that missed the playoffs will have a chance to acquire the No. 1 selection. In previous years, the winner of the lottery was only eligible to move up four spots from its final position (based on regular-season point totals). With the possibility of any of the 14 non-playoff squads winning the first pick in the draft, there’s even more reason to tune in for the lottery selection (h/t NHL.com).
The 2013 season has been exciting and unpredictable from the onset, and there’s no reason to believe the lottery will be any different. As we saw in last year’s draft lottery, the team with the best odds doesn’t always come out on top.
The Edmonton Oilers jumped the Columbus Blue Jackets last year to earn the No. 1 pick (from the No. 2 position) and the New Jersey Devils moved from the eighth spot to No. 4 in 2011 by winning the lottery with some extremely unfavorable odds to do so (3.6 percent).
Will there be another surprise lottery winner this year? We’ll find out on April 29. If history is any indication, things could get a little crazy.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know in preparation for the 2013 NHL draft lottery, including time and television information, odds and a look at the biggest prize in this year’s draft.
When: Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET
Television: TSN (Canada), NBC Sports Network, NHL Network (re-air at 9 p.m. ET)
Streaming: TSN Mobile TV
Lottery Odds (via NHL.com)
|1.||Florida Panthers (36)||25 percent|
|2.||Colorado Avalanche (39)||18.8 percent|
|3.||Tampa Bay Lightning (40)||14.2 percent|
|4.||Nashville Predators (41)||10.7 percent|
|5.||Carolina Hurricanes (42)||8.1 percent|
|6.||Calgary Flames (42)||6.2 percent|
|7.||Edmonton Oilers (45)||4.7 percent|
|8.||Buffalo Sabres (48)||2.7 percent|
|9.||New Jersey Devils (48)||2.7 percent|
|10.||Dallas Stars (48)||2.1 percent|
|11.||Philadelphia Flyers (49)||1.5 percent|
|12.||Phoenix Coyotes (51)||1.1 percent|
|13.||Winnipeg Jets (51)||0.8 percent|
|14.||Columbus Blue Jackets (55)||0.5 percent|
2013 NHL Draft Information
Where: Prudential Center; Newark, N.J.
When: June 30, 2013
Rounds: Seven (211 picks)
The Big Prize: Seth Jones
There’s little question regarding who warrants the No. 1 overall selection this year, and the winner of the NHL draft lottery won’t have to look very hard to find a difference-maker at the top of this draft.
Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones is widely considered the top prospect in this year’s class, as noted by USA Hockey’s Twitter account:
Seth Jones is ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft in the Central Scouting final rankings ow.ly/ko52R— USA Hockey (@usahockey) April 24, 2013
Jones is the son of former NBA forward Popeye Jones, now an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets. With professional athlete bloodlines and the talent to match, it’s easy to understand why the Portland defenseman is the top prize in this year’s class.
Here’s a little look at what Jones brings to the table.
The 6’4”, 205-pound Jones is an imposing presence with the offensive prowess and hockey acumen to be an immediate impact player for whichever team selects him—and there will be plenty lining up for his services.
Recent No. 1 Selections
|2012||Edmonton Oilers||Nail Yakupov||Forward|
|2011||Edmonton Oilers||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Forward|
|2010||Edmonton Oilers||Taylor Hall||Forward|
|2009||New York Islanders||John Tavares||Forward|
|2008||Tampa Bay Lightning||Steven Stamkos||Forward|