Oilers hit the lottery!


From the NHL:


           NEW YORK (April 10, 2012) — The Edmonton Oilers won the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery today and gained the first drafting position for the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Oilers own the first overall selection for the third consecutive year.  This is the second time the Oilers have won the lottery.  In 2010, Edmonton won the lottery, retaining the top pick in the Draft, which they used to select Taylor Hall.  Last year, the Oilers again retained the first pick, which they used to select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, when the New Jersey Devils won the lottery and moved from 8th position to 4th.

The Oilers had the second-greatest percentage likelihood, 18.8%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning combination. Under the system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the chance to win the first overall selection; no team could move up more than four spots and no team could move backward more than one.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs own the second, third, fourth and fifth drafting positions, respectively, in the first round.

The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2012 NHL Draft is as follows:

1.  Edmonton Oilers
2.  Columbus Blue Jackets
3.  Montreal Canadiens
4.  New York Islanders
5.  Toronto Maple Leafs
6.  Anaheim Ducks
7.  Minnesota Wild
8.  Carolina Hurricanes
9.  Winnipeg Jets
10.  Tampa Bay Lightning
11.  Washington Capitals (from Colorado)
12.  Buffalo Sabres
13.  Dallas Stars
14.  Calgary Flames

The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The drawing was conducted at the NHL’s New York office and the results were televised live on the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery on TSN in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the U.S.  The program aired live on TSN Mobile TV and can also be viewed on demand on TSN.ca.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine expelled four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls was matched against a probability chart that divided the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs. The chart showed that the Oilers had been assigned the numbers (2-10-11-13) that were expelled.

The 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system to give the teams that finished with the fewest points during the regular season the greatest chance of having their combination selected. The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the regular season with the fewest points in the League (65) and were assigned the greatest number of combinations, representing a 25% likelihood that their combination would emerge. Oilers were assigned 18.8% of the combinations, followed by Montreal (14.2%), the Islanders (10.7%) and Toronto (8.1%).  The remaining teams had the following chances: 6.2%, 4.7%, 3.6%, 2.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%.

The 2012 NHL Draft will take place at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round is on Friday, June 22 and the subsequent rounds take place Saturday, June 23.

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 Alex Ovechkin
2005          Pittsburgh                      n/a                                                            C Sidney Crosby
2006          St. Louis                        Retained 1st selection                             D Erik Johnson
2007          Chicago                         Moved from 5th to 1st                        RW Patrick Kane
2008             Tampa Bay                Retained 1st selection                        C Steven Stamkos
2009             NY Islanders                Retained 1st selection                        C John Tavares
2010             Edmonton                Retained 1st selection                        LW Taylor Hall
2011             New Jersey                Moved from 8th to 4th                        D Adam Larsson
2012             Edmonton                 Moved from 2nd to 1st

* 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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  1. True Blue Mike

    I especially don’t buy that the Rangers had any doubts Kreider would pull a Schultz or Erixon.

    The whole situation makes no sense. Kreider was a lock to join the Rangers by the time Traverse City came along so my guess is that Sather wants him signed b/c he feels Kreider will eventually play some playoff games.

    It’s the only logical reason for trying to get him to NY so fast and why they are willing to burn a year on his contract to do so…

  2. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    I agree with Oleo about Kreider. No need to rush like that if he won’t play. Plus, what Sather said about college guy leaving college and signing after no Rick Nash deal makes me think they wanted Kredier for playoffs all along

  3. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    All this Kreider talk is annoying, I just want the games to begin!

  4. I am pretty positive Tortorella wont play him right away. That’s been talked so much, but if he and Scott are the only forwards with the team then its pretty obvious Kreider is the next guy in.

    Right now he’s an injury, sickness, suspension, benching etc. away from making his debut…

  5. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on


    I do not think thats true. The Rangers have capable replacements in the minors to fill in some spots if need be. Maybe if its the second or third round and the Rangers are still alive, two injuries come along then maybe he is in. No way you see him in the first series unless we go down 3-0 and aren’t scoring goals.

  6. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    C”mon now ! What’s the odds of getting #1 3 years in a row ?
    Oh the same as the pens who got 3 in row.

    stacked deck,, to save the pens and the rebuild the oilers to nhl prominence .
    do it like the nfl .. finish last you get the first pick
    also.. columbus a newer franchise gets screwed.. if a team needed a number 1 it would be them, to build a fan base.. but the nhl cronies don’t care if they lose money and sell out and move.. oh maybe to canada?

  7. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    If there is no intention on seeing what Kreider can do out there, why not send him down to the Whale straight away for some AHL playoff experience?

  8. these nights where there’s just basketball and baseball on the tube are dreadfully boring. Definitely ready for the big show to start tomorrow night.

  9. He will play,…he will not… it is like chewing water. Also, I don’t give a flying carsillo about this year drafts, knowing, that for Rangers it will be almost irrelevant. Sorry, if it sounds rude, just get tired waiting for real actions.
    Because byfuglien NHL jackal tail’s officials fined Torts for his innocent byfuglienism, he is considered working for free during PO, like rest of the team. Solidarity and team spirit. “One for all and all for one”. LGR!

  10. Ive been saying Rangers in 5 for two days now. And would not be surprised if Rangers in 4. Again, the confidence these Sens fans are showing around the internet is mind-boggling.

  11. Also, isnt it kind of hard to hate the Sens or is it just me? I wonder if this is Alfredsson’s last season…

  12. I asked a few nights ago if the 82nd game of the year was possibly someone’s last NHL game. I couldnt think of anyone but i obviously forgot Selanne. Iginla could have possibly played his last game in Calgary. Nash in Columbus.

  13. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on


    To hell with the Sens, lol. Maybe Sens fans are taking hope in that they went 3-1 against us in regular season, but who knows what they’re smoking up in Ottawa.

  14. Kreider! put him in! no! wait! dont! no! do! hold on! he shouldnt play! or maybe he should! YES! YES! NO! NO!!!!!!

  15. Looked like another rigged draft for the Nation Building NHL.

    Why don’t they show the balls getting picked?
    They did this the same way the Crosby year.
    Hidden lottery and then show some envelopes being opened.

    Who stuffs the envelopes? Why not just show the lottery itself?
    Because you can’t fix something that is truly random on live TV.

    What a joke the NHL is.

  16. Hey CCCP it is unreal.

    Just remember the pens #1, #2, #1, #2 4 years in a row. You think that was real with Whiny Mario?
    Crosby, Malkin, Fluery & Stall. The core of the pens team.

    Bush League

  17. yup… Oilers will be a threat if they could find a decent goalie, stay healthy and find a real coach. Scary team, they will become! Yakupov is the real deal.

  18. L’chaim Matty! I dont know what they’re smoking up in Ottawa, but id love it if they shared.

  19. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    In my opinion, the NHL is the most shady of the four major sports. From the officiating, to the lottery it seems like too many things are done behind the scenes to influence the outcome. I’m sorry, but I 100% agree with Torts’ comments regarding the winter classic officiating and the leeway that Crosby and Malkin (the NHL poster boys) get. The fact that Torts gets fined whenever he points anything out is absurd.

    Not to try though, looks like the league is preparing for Edmonton to be the new golden franchise in the league

  20. I love pointing this out to pens fans – it always get their ire up :P


    2002 Pick #5 Ryan Whitney Defence United States Boston University (Hockey East)
    2003 Pick #1* Marc-Andre Fleury Goaltender Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
    2004 Pick #2 Evgeni Malkin Center Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
    2005 Pick #1* Sidney Crosby Center Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
    2006 Pick #2 Jordan Staal Center Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)

    Now you tell me that something shady isn’t going on here. Right at the same time that Super Mario is getting shellacked by ownership?

  21. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    so I hate to interrupt the Kriederphoria and the pens draft bashing and the ultimate NHL conspiracies, but are we having a beard contest and if so, when do we send our entries??

  22. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on


    I’m sure he said that, but I really don’t believe anything that comes out of their mouths. Maybe if they will address the officiating I will reconsider

  23. A cool way to determine the draft order that I have seen talked about would be to give it to the team with the best record from the point that they were mathematically eliminated. Columbus and Edmonton both had pretty good records at the end of the season.

  24. I don’t think their should be any “lottery”. Just give the pick to the team that finished last. Don’t change anything.

    I especially hate the idea of giving some of the best teams in hockey a chance to win the lottery, and get the first overall pick. Can you imagine that? Horrible idea!

  25. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    I don’t like a system that rewards a team for totally tanking to get the first pick

  26. no sh-t the Rangers wanted Kreider on the roster for the playoffs the whole time. since they lack skill and play john mitchell and rupp way more then they need to, absolutely. kreider will watch to start. if there is a injury or if mitchell, rupp, or feds stink up the joint then they suit up Kreider.

    Rangers have limited top end talent…. Kredier is a top end talent. good signing no matter what occurs.

  27. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Thanks CCCP!!!

    I don’t normally post other link info here and I hope carp doesn’t mind this but if anyone is a runner or knows someone that runs this is an awesome event to participate in


    (it’s on long island)

  28. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on


    My fiancé lives right next to that lake. If anyone needs a water break, let me know :)

  29. Sioux-per-man on

    Boy if they keep changing the oil every year and obtain the 1st round pick, it won’t be long before Renny has a winning team. They could be seriously good in 2 – 3 years, when there 18 year old grow into their NHL bodies.

    Let’s face it this year we want the last pick!!! We have our #1 picks coming into the fold next year. Kreider and Erixon are going to be nice additions to the Rangers, and McIlrath and Miller could get a full year with the Whale.

    Throw in a Parise over the Summer – even the Cup in going to bleed blue for a very long time :)

  30. Warren Mason on

    I am probably overlooking something, but what does “N/A” mean in the “effect on draft” column for 2005?

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