NHL Draft Lottery Unkind to Blues
ST. LOUIS (KMOX)– Barring an offseason trade, the St. Louis Blues will not have a first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blues failed to win Tuesday’s Draft Lottery, so their first-round pick in the draft (No. 11 overall) will be transferred to the Colorado Avalanche as part of a trade that brought forward Chris Stewart and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to St. Louis.
In exchange, the Blues will get Colorado’s second-round pick.
The order of selection for the first 14 picks was determined by final season standings and Tuesday’s lottery. The remaining order of selection for the other 16 clubs will be determined based on postseason results.
Edmonton will have the first choice, followed by Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, and the New York Islanders.
Selections will be made at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The first round will take place on Friday, June 24 and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will take place on Saturday, June 25.
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