Before the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs get under way Wednesday night, the NHL will determine the first 14 picks of the 2012 NHL Draft with the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night.
TSN will produce the 30-minute program, which will also air on NBC Sports Network.
The lottery is a weighted system involving teams that did not qualify for the playoffs, plus teams that acquired first-round picks from non-playoff teams. Teams who finished lower in the league standings have the higher percentage chance of earning the No. 1 overall pick. Furthermore, teams may not move up more than four positions, or move down more than one position, in the draft order.
Following their 29-win, 65-point season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a one in four chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick, with the Edmonton Oilers (18.8 percent) and Montreal Canadiens (14.4 percent) rounding out the Top 3. The New York Islanders (10.7 percent) and Toronto Maple Leafs (8.1 percent) are the two other organizations with a chance at the top pick.
Rounding out the draft lottery odds:
Anaheim Ducks - 6.2 percent
Minnesota Wild - 4.7 percent
Carolina Hurricanes - 3.6 percent
Winnipeg Jets - 2.7 percent
Tampa Bay Lightning - 2.1 percent
Washington Capitals (from Colorado) - 1.5 percent
Buffalo Sabres - 1.1 percent
Dallas Stars - 0.8 percent
Calgary Flames - 0.5 percent
The prized prospect in the 2012 NHL Draft is Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov, a 5'10, 189-pound Russian winger who has drawn comparisons to Pavel Bure. Yakupov remained Central Scouting's top prospect in their final rankings, which were released Monday.
Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray jumped to the No. 2 spot in the rankings, supplanting Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts. Sarnia (Ontario) center Alex Galchenyuk, who missed most of the season with a torn ACL, and Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Warriors defenseman Morgan Rielly round out of the top 5 North American skaters. Swedish center Filip Forsberg was the top European skater and might hear his name called among the first five selections in June's draft. Belleville (Ontario) Bulls goalie Malcolm Subban, brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, topped the North American goalie rankings.
The 2012 NHL Draft will take place at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round will take place Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ET. Rounds two through seven will be on Saturday, June 23.