APRIL 11, 2006
2006 NHL Draft Drawing to be conducted April 20

NEW YORK (April 11, 2006) -- The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2006 Entry Draft, will take place Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m., ET, at the NHL’s New York office.

The Draft Drawing will involve clubs that do not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs. The Draft Drawing result does not affect the draft order for the remainder of the first round and rounds two through seven.

The club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five clubs with the lowest regular-season point totals (or clubs that acquired those clubs’ first-round drafting positions). No club can move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.


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 2006 Entry Draft.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1-14, will be placed in a lottery machine and four will be expelled, forming a series of numbers. There are 1,001 numerical combinations possible, and one combination has been eliminated to make the odds equitable. A probability chart divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.

The four-digit series that results from the expulsion of the balls will be compared to the probability chart to determine the team to which that combination has been assigned. If the eliminated series is drawn, a 0.1% probability, the drawing will be re-held immediately.

After the club selected moves up, the balance of the first 14 draft selections are adjusted by one, with the appropriate clubs moving down one slot to accommodate the winner, if necessary.

The current percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is as follows, based on inverse order of finish
among non-playoff clubs:

30th...........25.0%

29th........... 8.8%

28th...........14.2%

27th...........10.7%

26th.............8.1%

25th.............6.2%

24th.............4.7%

23rd.............3.6%

22nd............2.7%

21st.............2.1%

20th.............1.5%

19th.............1.1%

18th.............0.8%

17th.............0.5% 

The 2006 NHL Entry Draft will take place at General Motors Place in Vancouver on Saturday, June 24 at 3 p.m., Pacific time.

Results of Previous Draft Drawings

Year Selected Effect On Draft Order Player Selected

1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg

1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips

1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton

1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier

1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *

2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro

2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk

2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **

2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***

2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alexander Ovechkin

2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago 's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay ). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida 's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida 's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

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