For the first time in years, the Nashville Predators' and their fanbase will be paying close attention the results of the NHL Draft Lottery. The 2013 NHL Draft will be in Newark, New Jersey on June 30.
Top prospects projected to go first overall include American defenseman Seth Jones and Canadian forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. All three played for their respective countries in the 2013 World Juniors Championship, at the time of the NHL lockout.
Opposed to past draft lotteries, every team can win the lottery pick. Teams used to only be able to move up four spots.
The Predators look to get the number one pick Monday night as they sit at fourth worst in the NHL. The farthest Nashville could fall is one spot behind, at fifth overall. Nashville will pick either first, fourth or fifth overall.
In the draft lottery's nineteen years, only one team who has finished fourth worst in the league has won the lottery. In 2003, the Florida Panthers won, but traded their pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted Marc-Andre Fleury. Coincidentally, that year's draft was held in Nashville.
Here are the odds heading into Monday night's lottery.
|Rank||Team||1st Pick %|
|28th||Tampa Bay Lightning||14.2%|
|22nd||New Jersey Devils||2.7%|
The lottery will be live on the NBC Sports Network at 7:00pm CT. Tune in!