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B's have 18.8 percent chance at top pick

4/13/2010

WILMINGTON, Mass. -– Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will attend the NHL draft lottery tonight in Toronto and is hoping to come home with the top pick.

Boston acquired Toronto’s first- and second-round picks this year in a trade for Phil Kessel and have an 18.8 percent chance of landing the first overall pick and a 60.8 percent chance of getting the first or second overall pick. Because Toronto finished with the second-worst record in the league, the lowest pick the Bruins can have is the third overall selection.

It’s a promising draft this year with Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall ranked as the top two players, according to Central Scouting.

The draft lottery will take place live on Versus, beginning at 8 p.m. and will be streamed live on NHL.com.

Per NHL rules, the teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the teams that acquired an eligible team’s first-round pick, have the opportunity to receive the first overall selection.

The 2010 NHL entry draft will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 25-26.

Below are the official odds at the No. 1 pick for each team:

-- Edmonton: 25.0 percent

-- Boston (from Toronto): 18.8 percent

-- Florida: 14.2 percent

-- Columbus: 10.7 percent

-- New York Islanders: 8.1 percent

-- Tampa Bay: 6.2 percent

-- Carolina: 4.7 percent

-- Atlanta: 3.6 percent

-- Minnesota: 2.7 percent

-- New York Rangers: 2.1 percent

-- Dallas: 1.5 percent

-- Anaheim: 1.1 percent

-- Phoenix (from Calgary): 0.8 percent

-- St. Louis: 0.5 percent