Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery


After much anticipation, the Edmonton Oilers won the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery leapfrogging the Columbus Blue Jackets for the top pick in this year's draft. The Oilers had an 18.8% chance at winning the first pick.

This marks the third straight year the Oilers have held the first selection and the first time a No. 2 seed has won the lottery. Last season, the team selected Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first overall pick while in 2010 they chose Taylor Hall.

The Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the Draft.

The Draft Drawing involves the 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.

Per NHL rules, the club selected in the Draft Lottery 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 teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the clubs that acquired an eligible club's first-round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Lottery.

History: Draft Lottery Results since 1995

Final Draft Order

1 Edmonton Oilers* 18.8
2 Columbus Blue Jackets 25.0
3 Montreal Canadiens 14.2
4 New York Islanders 10.7
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 8.1
6 Anaheim Ducks 6.2
7 Minnesota Wild 4.7
8 Carolina Hurricanes 3.6
9 Winnipeg Jets 2.7
10 Tampa Bay Lightning 2.1
11 Washington Capitals** 1.5
12 Buffalo Sabres 1.1
13 Dallas Stars 0.8
14 Calgary Flames 0.5

* Won the NHL lottery

** - Colorado traded its 2012 first-round pick to Washington (G Semyon Varlamov from Washington to Colorado for the Avalanche's 2012 first round pick and a second round pick in either 2012 or 2013).

% OF WINNING - represents the team's chance of winning the draft lottery. If a team outside the bottom five in the standings had won, then Columbus would have received the top pick meaning they actually held a 48.2 percent chance of receiving the top pick.


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