NHL Draft Lottery 2013: Live Blog, Analysis and Instant Reaction
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The NHL draft lottery went just about according to plan until the Colorado Avalanche swooped in to snag the top selection. The event could ultimately shape the outlook for various organizations in years to come and the Avs are certain to eye up defenseman Seth Jones.
The 18-year-old prospect started his ice hockey career in Denver.
For the first time in league history, each of the 14 lottery teams were eligible to acquire the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NHL amateur draft. Last season, the Edmonton Oilers vaulted the Columbus Blue Jackets on top of the draft board to claim the No. 1 pick.
A 2013 regular season defined by uncertainty and surprises immediately led up to a rather status quo draft lottery. Picks 3-14 went to the teams originally pegged in that position.
Complete coverage of the event can be found below.
Many anticipated this NHL draft lottery more than those in the past because of its new possibilities. All 14 teams had an opportunity to walk away with the top overall selection.
Instead of insanity, the lottery was a lot more status quo. Aside from the Avalanche (18.8 percent chance to land No. 1 pick) jumping Florida (25 percent), things stayed as originally pegged.
Here are the official results:
1. Colorado Avalanche
2. Florida Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Nashville Predators
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. Calgary Flames
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. New Jersey Devels
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
Solid effort by the league to make the lottery more intriguing, but there was literally no shift in anticipated selection spots aside from the swap between the top two teams.
The Avalanche spent so much time among the league's elite but have fallen to the back of the back in recent years. Colorado can push the reboot button by using the No. 1 pick on Seth Jones or possibly put the selection up on the trading block.
Either way, this is a major development for Avs, who fired franchise legend Joe Sacco following the regular-season finale. The champion player didn't find the same success as head coach and it's obvious his dismissal hurt Colorado's fan base on a personal level.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a much-needed momentum shift for the proud organization.
The accolades continue to flood in for 18-year-old Seth Jones, who is viewed as the most complete defenseman prospect of his generation.
If watched Seth Jones closely, he will be the best d-man to go #1 overall since Denis Potvin in 1972.— John Boruk (@JohnBorukCSN) April 30, 2013
CSN Philadelphia hockey reporter John Boruk weighs in...
The Colorado Avalanche, pegged for the second selection, leapfrog Florida to nab the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft!
The Panthers settle for the second pick. NBC Sports Network immediately welcomes in highly touted defenseman Seth Jones, who is viewed as a consensus top amateur in this year's draft.
Jones began his playing career in Denver so perhaps this a rare case of draft lottery destiny.
Edmonton will select seventh overall and Calgary comes in at No. 6. The Carolina Hurricanes round out the top five, while Nashville and Tampa Bay take spots No. 4 and No. 3, respectively.
Next up: the top two picks!
The Dallas Stars retain their position and No. 10. New Jersey and Buffalo are selected ninth and eighth overall, respectively.
More of the same, as the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers follow suit at No. 12 and No. 11 respectively.
Now we await the order of the top ten picks...
So far, we have status quo in the NHL draft lottery.
Columbus lands the 14th overall pick, while the Winnipeg Jets remain at No. 13.
Here's a look at the odds for every non-playoff team to land the top selection in the 2013 NHL draft. Percentages are based on regular-season results.
|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|
The ping pong balls are bouncing and 16 general managers are praying. We'll have all the action for you right here.
Remember, this is the first year that every team involved in tonight's lottery are eligible to land the No. 1 overall pick. Plenty on the line tonight.
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