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NHL Draft Lottery: Panthers, Avalanche hold top percentages of selecting No. 1 overall

Sean Leahy
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The results of #SuckForSeth and #NotWinningForMacKinnon will be revealed on Monday night as the NHL holds its draft lottery at 8 p.m. ET. Broadcast on TSN in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the U.S., this year's lottery will be the first time all 14 non-playoff teams will have a shot to select No. 1 overall.

In year's past, winning the lottery meant a team would move down four spots, which didn't always mean choosing the top pick (Hello, 2011 New Jersey Devils). Thanks to this new change, the Edmonton Oilers have a shot to pick first overall for the fourth consecutive draft.

With representatives from each team in the house for Monday night's lottery, here are the percentage chances for the 14 clubs involved:

Florida Panthers 25.0%
Colorado Avalanche 18.8%
Tampa Bay Lightning 14.2%
Nashville Predators 10.7%
Carolina Hurricanes 8.1%
Calgary Flames 6.2%
Edmonton Oilers 4.7%
Buffalo Sabres 3.6%
New Jersey Devils 2.7%
Dallas Stars 2.1%
Philadelphia Flyers 1.5%
Phoenix Coyotes 1.1%
Winnipeg Jets 0.8%
Columbus Blue Jackets 0.5%

While the number of ping pong balls is greatest for the Panthers, remember that those 2011 Devils had just a 3.6 percent chance of winning that lottery.

Join us at 8 p.m. ET for a Puck Daddy live chat as we find out who has the right to draft Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

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