NEW YORK — On April 14, the National Hockey League held their annual draft lottery and the Los Angeles Kings, who finished the 2008-09 regular season in the 26th spot in the thirty-team NHL, retained the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The New York Islanders, who finished in last place in the NHL standings, won the lottery, retaining the first overall pick.
The Kings had an 8.1% chance of winning the weighted draft lottery while the Islanders had a 25% chance of winning the lottery and a 48.2% chance of retaining the first overall pick.
The Kings will have thirteen selections in the seven-round draft, including one pick each in rounds 1-3, three selections in the fourth round, two selections each in rounds 5-6 and three picks in the seventh round.
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round takes place on Friday, June 26 with rounds 2-7 taking place on Saturday, June 27.
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