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Posted: April 13th, 2010
HOCKEY EXTRA: Oilers secure No. 1 pick in 2010 NHL draft

NEW YORK – The Edmonton Oilers won the National Hockey League Draft Drawing today and retained the first overall drafting
position for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, set for June 25 and 26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Oilers had the greatest percentage likelihood, 25%, that one of the numbered sequences assigned to them would be the winning
combination. Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points, or the teams owning the rights to those picks, had the chance to win the first overall selection; no team could move up more than four spots and no team could move backward more than one.

This is the first time the Oilers have won the Draft Drawing. The Oilers have never selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The Boston Bruins (via Toronto Maple Leafs), Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders own the second, third, fourth and fifth drafting positions in the first round. The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round only of the 2010 draft is as follows:

1.  Edmonton Oilers
2.  Boston Bruins (from Toronto)
3.  Florida Panthers
4.  Columbus Blue Jackets
5.  New York Islanders
6.  Tampa Bay Lightning
7.  Carolina Hurricanes
8.  Atlanta Thrashers
9.  Minnesota Wild
10.  New York Rangers
11.  Dallas Stars
12.  Anaheim Ducks
13.  Phoenix Coyotes (from Calgary)
14.  St. Louis Blues

The remaining positions are determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

- From NHL news release

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