The Draft Lottery

The National Hockey League Draft Lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the Draft.

The Draft Drawing involves clubs that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, or the clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.

From 1995 through 2012, the league's rules stipulated that the club selected in the Draft Lottery could not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection were the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the clubs that acquired an eligible club's first-round draft pick. No club could move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Lottery.

In 2013 and 2014, the limit of moving up a maximum of four places in the draft order was eliminated and the lottery winner would automatically receive the first overall pick with teams above it in the order moving down one spot.

NHL Draft Lottery History

1995 Ottawa Los Angeles* Ottawa Bryan Berard Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa Chris Phillips -
1997 Boston Boston Boston Joe Thornton -
1998 Tampa Bay San Jose# Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier -
1999 Tampa Bay Chicago** Atlanta Patrik Stefan Pavel Brendl***
2000 Atlanta NY Islanders NY Islanders Rick DiPietro -
2001 NY Islanders Atlanta Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk -
2002 Atlanta Florida^ Columbus Rick Nash -
2003 Carolina Florida^^ Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury -
2004 Pittsburgh Washington Washington Alexander Ovechkin -
2005 - Pittsburgh+ Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby -
2006 St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Erik Johnson -
2007 Philadelphia Chicago Chicago Patrick Kane -
2008 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos -
2009 NY Islanders NY Islanders NY Islanders John Tavares -
2010 Edmonton Edmonton Edmonton Taylor Hall -
2011 Edmonton New Jersey++ Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Adam Larsson
2012 Columbus Edmonton Edmonton Nail Yakupov -
2013 Florida Colorado Colorado Nathan MacKinnon -
2014 Buffalo Florida Florida Aaron Ekblad -

* - Los Angeles could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 7th to 3rd)

# - San Jose was selected in the 1998 drawing, but Tampa Bay held the right to swap first round picks with the Sharks and exercised that right to go to first.

** - Chicago could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)

*** - NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

^ - Florida traded first overall pick to Columbus

^^ - Florida traded first overall pick to Pittsburgh

+ - NHL lockout cancelled 2004-05 season, all 30 teams were entered

++ - New Jersey could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)


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