First overall pick up for grabs

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No playoffs? No worry.

For the first time in league history, all non-playoff teams can hit the jackpot in the form of the first overall pick under the National Hockey League’s new draft rules.

The opening order of the 2013 NHL Draft will be determined on Monday, April 29th where all 14 non-playoff clubs will have an opportunity to choose between the likes of Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. In previous years, only the bottom-five teams had an opportunity to move up to the first overall pick as the team winning the lottery could only advance four positions.

Positions are weighted, however, with the last-place team having the best odds of winning the top pick. Balls numbered one to 14 are placed into a lottery machine. The machine will then kick out four balls, with the combination expelled is matched against a probably chart that divides possible combinations between the 14 participants.

The likelihood of winning the draft are as follows:

Team 1 – 25.0%
Team 2 – 18.8%
Team 3 – 14.2%
Team 4 – 10.7%
Team 5 – 8.1%
Team 6 – 6.2%
Team 7 – 4.7%
Team 8 – 3.6%
Team 9 – 2.7%
Team 10 – 2.1%
Team 11 – 1.5%
Team 12 – 1.1%
Team 13 – 0.8%
Team 14 – 0.5%

The 2013 NHL Draft is set to take place on Sunday, June 30th with the New Jersey Devils serving host at the Prudential Center.

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