Draft News and Notes

Draft Rankings

The final NHL Central Scouting Services rankings have been released today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the top North American skater and Adam Larsson is ranked as the top European skater. You can view the complete rankings here.

Draft Lottery

The 2011 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM MST. The event can be viewed on TSN in Canada and Versus in the US. The Avalanche currently hold the second overall pick.

The Avalanche have a 18.8 percent chance of winning the draft lottery. Also at stake is the St Louis Blues first round pick obtained in the recent blockbuster trade. The Blues pick currently sits 11th overall. St Louis has a 1.5 percent chance of winning the draft lottery. Should that occur, the Blues would retain the pick and the Avs would then receive the Blues 2012 first round pick. 

It's also worth noting that a team behind Colorado or St Louis could jump ahead by winning the lottery. The team that wins the lottery can only move up a maximum of four slots. Best case scenario is that the Avs win the draft lottery and would have both the 1st and 11th overall picks.