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Jets have better lotto odds than 6/49 buyers

At 0.8 per cent, tangible shot at first draft pick

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IT'S miniscule, to be sure. But they call it a lottery for a reason and the Winnipeg Jets have a 0.8 per cent chance of landing the top pick in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.

The draft lottery, a weighted system that will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks, will be conducted tonight at 7 p.m. (TSN). The Jets -- who finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 24-21-3 record -- have the second-lowest odds of all the non-playoff teams, only slightly better than the Columbus Blue Jackets at 0.5 per cent.

The draft lottery will be the first in NHL history to give all of the 14 clubs who did not make the playoffs a chance to win the first overall pick. The odds of winning remain unchanged from previous years and after the draft lottery winner is determined, the remaining 13 teams will be slotted into their positions in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. Previously, the team that won the draft lottery could only move up four slots in the draft order.

The NHL released the percentages of being selected in the draft lottery early Sunday with the actual draft going June 30 in New Jersey.

 

Florida Panthers - 25.0%

Colorado Avalanche - 18.8%

Tampa Bay Lightning - 14.2%

Nashville Predators - 10.7%

Carolina Hurricanes - 8.1%

Calgary Flames - 6.2%

Edmonton Oilers - 4.7%

Buffalo Sabres - 3.6%

New Jersey Devils - 2.7%

Dallas Stars - 2.1%

Philadelphia Flyers - 1.5%

Phoenix Coyotes - 1.1%

Winnipeg Jets - 0.8%

Columbus Blue Jackets - 0.5%

 

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 29, 2013 C4

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