The Colorado Avalanche have won the proverbial Golden Ticket as they won the 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery and were awarded the first overall draft pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, which is set to take place on June 30th in New Jersey.
Unfortunately, even though they finished dead last in the league this season, the Florida Panthers have slipped to 2nd overall pick in the draft; despite the fact that they had a 25% chance of winning the top spot.
The Tampa Bay Lightning hold steady with the Third Overall Selection. The Bolts had a 14.2% chance of winning that top spot.
Rounding out the Top 5 picks in the draft this year are the Nashville Predators and the Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes.
This will be the first time in four years that the Edmonton Oilers will not have the Number 1 selection in the NHL Draft. This year, the will select Seventh, behind the Calgary Flames.
Finishing out the Top 10 Selections this year are the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, and Dallas Stars, respectively in Eighth through Tenth.
Capping off the remainder of the non-playoff teams this year are the Philadelphia Flyers, who will select 11th, the Phoenix Coyotes in 12th, the Winnipeg Jets in 13th, and finally the Columbus Blue Jackets in 14th.
The remainder of the draft order will be based upon the order in which teams vying for the Stanley Cup are eliminated from the playoffs.
Now the real fun begins. In the days between now and June 30th, speculation will be running wild from which player will be selected overall, to which slots that each individual team is looking to fill this season. Then, we also have any off-season moves that clubs could make in the meantime.
As of this moment, all signs point to defenseman Seth Jones being picked Number 1 overall. Being that Jones grew up on Denver, it would be the logical choice for them to select the defenseman with their top spot selection. However, this all depends on the team’s current needs.
As far as the Lightning are concerned, a defenseman like Jones would be an extremely strong addition to our defensive line, which has had difficulties getting the job done this season. I would much like to see him on the ice with the likes of Victor Hedman and newly-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek.
Only time will tell what the future holds for our Tampa Bay Lightning. I can assure you that, like much of the Bolts Nation, I will be waiting on the edge of my seat on June 30th to see who the newest player to join the Lightning in the locker room.
Below is a list of the Top 14 selections in the 2013 NHL Draft.
- Colorado Avalanche
- Florida Panthers
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Nashville Predators
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Calgary Flames
- Edmonton Oilers
- Buffalo Sabres
- New Jersey Devils
- Dallas Stars
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Phoenix Coyotes
- Winnipeg Jets
- Columbus Blue Jackets