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COYOTES TO PICK 8TH IN 2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

Thursday, 04.20.2006 / 9:46 AM / News
Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES TO PICK 8TH OVERALL
IN 2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes will have the eighth overall drafting position for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft following this morning's NHL Draft Drawing in which the St. Louis Blues obtained the first overall drafting position.  The 2006 NHL Entry Draft will be held on Saturday, June 24 at General Motors Place in Vancouver.

Eighth overall is the second highest position the Coyotes have had since the franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996.  In 2004, the Coyotes used the fifth overall selection to draft Blake Wheeler.  Coyotes captain Shane Doan was selected seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995.  In addition, the Coyotes currently have two selections in the second round of the 2006 Entry Draft.

Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points 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.  The Coyotes had a 3.6% chance of winning the lottery and moving up four spots.

The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2006 Entry Draft is as follows:

1. St. Louis Blues
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Washington Capitals
5. Boston Bruins
6. Columbus Blue Jackets
7. NY Islanders
8. Phoenix Coyotes
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Florida Panthers
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. Atlanta Thrashers
13. Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Vancouver Canucks

The remaining first-round drafting positions will be determined at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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