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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Up To Date NHL Entry Draft Order; Round One of Playoffs Complete

Here is the up to date drafting order for the NHL Entry Draft with the teams eliminated from the first round of the NHL Playoffs :

1. Edmonton
2. Colorado
3. Florida
4. New Jersey (Won Lottery)
5. New York Islanders
6. Ottawa
7. Atlanta
8. Columbus
9. Boston (via Toronto)
10. Minnesota
11. Colorado (via St Louis)
12. Carolina
13. Calgary
14. Dallas
15. New York Rangers
16. Buffalo
17. Montreal
18. Chicago
19. Los Angeles
20. Phoenix
21. Anaheim (could drop to 22 if Nashville doesn't make Conference
22. Pittsburgh (could drop to 24 if Nashville and Tampa don't make Conference Finals)
23. TBD
24. TBD
25. TBD
26. TBD
27. Losing conference finalist with fewest regular season points. 
28. Losing conference finalist with most regular season points
29. Cup Finalist
30. Cup Champs

Spots 21 to 26 are usually the regular season division winners. Since all 6 won their first round series at minimum two of them will be picking in the 27-30 area.

Nashville and Tampa are the only two non division champions remaining in the playoffs. If Nashville does not make the conference finals, by virtue of having fewer points, they would pick ahead of Anaheim, therefore dropping the Ducks one spot. If Tampa does not make the Conference Finals, they have more points than Anaheim and Nashville so it would not affect them, but have fewer points then Pittsburgh, therefore dropping the Penguins down a spot (The Preds not making it then would drop Pittsburgh down two spots).

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