The 2007 NHL Entry Draft
was the 45th NHL Entry Draft
. It was hosted at Nationwide Arena
in the city of Columbus, Ohio
, United States
on June 22, 2007. The draft consisted of seven rounds with rounds two through seven taking place on June 23, 2007. The draft was televised on TSN
, with the first round simulcasted in the United States on Versus
and in Europe on NASN
.Columbus Blue Jackets
' then President and General Manager Doug MacLean
and the NHL
announced the event on March 21, 2006. On March 13, 2007, it was reported that NHL owners had voted in favor of changes to the team ranking system which would begin at the 2007 draft.
Starting with the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Stanley Cup
champion and runner-up
will receive the 30th and 29th picks, respectively. The conference finalists will get the 28th and 27th picks, and all other playoff teams will get picks based on their regular season point totals, but with the division winners getting the latest picks even if they had fewer points during the regular season than a non-division winner.
The draft order of the first 14 picks was determined by a lottery involving the non-playoff teams on April 10 .
Under the weighted lottery system, the club with the fewest regular-season points had the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and could pick no lower than second at the 2007 Entry Draft. The winner of the drawing would move up a... Read More