Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Draft lottery runs Monday

The Los Angeles Kings dropped this note in my inbox this afternoon:
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Monday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET at the NHL’s New York City office.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, further announced that the results of the Draft Drawing will be televised live by TSN in Canada; VERSUS in the U.S.; and NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on NHL.com and TSN.ca and broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio. It will be only the second time the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the first time since 2005, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to select first overall and drafted Sidney Crosby.

The 30-minute, live program – titled “Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery” – will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will originate from the NHL on TSN studios in Toronto. TSN’s James Duthie will host the program, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury.
Must-see TV for a lot of teams on the outside looking in.

For a run through of how the draft lottery works, see this post from about a month ago. It's been one of the most-read pieces on this site this year.
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8 Comments:

At 4:51 PM, April 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be interested the day a team wins the lottery and elects to move down the draft ladder.

The Crosby lottery was fun because every team had a shot at No. 1. And because it was priceless to see that bloated gasbag Burke standing up on the stage while Pittsburgh was winning the lottery.

If your team is not within the range of being able to move up to No. 1, why would you watch? And with a weighting formula that would confuse Arthur Andersen, it's unfathomable in the first place.

 
At 4:53 PM, April 02, 2008, Anonymous cynical joe said...

James, the LA Kings had to tell you about the NHL draft day extravaganza? Where, I might ask, is the NHL promotion department?

 
At 5:46 PM, April 02, 2008, Blogger Cams Habs said...

Comment #1:

It's a very, very deep draft by the looks of things. Besides Stamkos and Doughty, there are a lot of questions as you go down the line - Schenn, Pietrangelo, Bogosian, and probably the player I will be watching most to see where he goes, Filatov. If I'm a fan of any of the bottom guys right now, I'm watching the lottery.

Slightly OT, but is the hockey world running out of goalies? I don't know where you dig up old ISS rankings, but they haven't put a goalie in their top 30 for a long time now.

 
At 5:57 PM, April 02, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

And because it was priceless to see that bloated gasbag Burke standing up on the stage while Pittsburgh was winning the lottery.

I'm sure Burke's losing sleep over this. Glad you got the last laugh.

 
At 6:29 PM, April 02, 2008, Anonymous Thoridan said...

Why would fans of teams with no chance of getting the #1 pick watch?

Because some people are fans of the game, not just the myopic world of one team.

Guess when your team is eliminated, the season's over for you, eh?

 
At 6:50 PM, April 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Burke appreciates your fellating, er, moral support, Earl.

 
At 6:55 PM, April 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Because some people are fans of the game, not just the myopic world of one team. Guess when your team is eliminated, the season's over for you, eh?

Um, what does watching a show about which team will own which teenage boy have to do with one's favorite team making the playoffs?

 
At 6:57 PM, April 02, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Whatever, anon. It doesn't bother me a bunch; losing out on Crosby kept the door open for Pronger, and I think if I had a time machine, I'd hope for the same lottery outcome.

So let's be friends; it's win-win for everyone.

 

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