June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Derrick Pouliot is shown on the video board after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Draft Lottery 2013: Past Lottery Winners


The NHL Lottery is taking place on Monday, which means all the fanbases not geeking out over the release of the Stanley Cup playoff schedule are glued to the Lottery to see if their team will be able to strike gold and win the jackpot.

But before we find out who wins this year’s NHL Draft Lottery, let’s take a look back at who has won the NHL Lottery since its introduction in 1995. Note that prior to this season, winning the lottery didn’t secure you the No. 1 overall pick, rather it meant you moved up no more than four places in the order.

NHL DRAFT LOTTERY HISTORY

YEAR WORST TEAM LOTTERY WINNER 1ST OVERALL TEAM 1ST OVERALL PICK WINNER’S PICK
1995 Ottawa Los Angeles* Ottawa Bryan Berard Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa Chris Phillips -
1997 Boston Boston Boston Joe Thornton -
1998 Tampa Bay San Jose# Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier -
1999 Tampa Bay Chicago** Atlanta Patrik Stefan Pavel Brendl***
2000 Atlanta NY Islanders NY Islanders Rick DiPietro -
2001 NY Islanders Atlanta Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk -
2002 Atlanta Florida^ Columbus Rick Nash -
2003 Carolina Florida^^ Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury -
2004 Pittsburgh Washington Washington Alexander Ovechkin -
2005 - Pittsburgh+ Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby -
2006 St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Erik Johnson -
2007 Philadelphia Chicago Chicago Patrick Kane -
2008 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos -
2009 NY Islanders NY Islanders NY Islanders John Tavares -
2010 Edmonton Edmonton Edmonton Taylor Hall -
2011 Edmonton New Jersey++ Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Adam Larsson
2012 Columbus Edmonton Edmonton Nail Yakupov -

* – Los Angeles could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 7th to 3rd)

# – San Jose was selected in the 1998 drawing, but Tampa Bay held the right to swap first round picks with the Sharks and exercised that right to go to first.

** – Chicago could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)

*** – NY Rangers obtained Chicago’s pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

^ – Florida traded first overall pick to Columbus

^^ – Florida traded first overall pick to Pittsburgh

+ – NHL lockout cancelled 2004-05 season, all 30 teams were entered

++ – New Jersey could only move up a maximum of four spots (moved from 8th to 4th)

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