I’m headed to the Rangers’ practice facility this morning for break-up day, and will post some reactions from players and John Tortorella during the day.
In the meantime, here’s the release from the NHL about tonight’s draft lottery:
NHL DRAFT DRAWING TO BE CONDUCTED TUESDAY
NEW YORK (April 12, 2010)—The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET.
The League, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program, 2010 LG NHL® Draft Lottery—produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation will also be simulcast on VERSUS and streamed live on NHL.com in the U.S.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be live in TSN’s studio to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do 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 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 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 Drawing.
The percentage chance of a team being selected in the Draft Drawing:
Boston (from TOR) 18.8%
NY Islanders 8.1%
Tampa Bay 6.2%
NY Rangers 2.1%
Phoenix (from CGY) 0.8%
St. Louis 0.5%
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The first round will take place on Friday, June 25 commencing at 4 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26.