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Updated: April 20, 2006, 1:12 PM ET

Worst goes first: Blues win NHL draft lottery

Associated Press

NHL draft order*1. St. Louis Blues

2. Pittsburgh Penguins

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Washington Capitals

5. Boston Bruins

6. Columbus Blue Jackets

7. New York Islanders

8. Phoenix Coyotes

9. Minnesota Wild

10. Florida Panthers

11. Los Angeles Kings

12. Atlanta Thrashers

13. Toronto Maple Leafs

14. Vancouver Canucks

*Rest of draft order will be determined after Stanley Cup playoffs.

NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Blues won the NHL draft lottery Thursday, getting the first overall pick for the first time in team history.

Pittsburgh will pick second, followed by Chicago, Washington and Boston. The draft is June 24 in Vancouver.

The Blues, who finished the regular season with the fewest points (57), had the greatest chance -- 25 percent -- of winning the lottery.

Under the NHL lottery system, the five teams with the fewest points had a chance to win the first overall selection. No team could move up more than four spots and no team could move down more than one.

In their 39-year history, the Blues' highest pick was forward Perry Turnbull, selected second overall in 1979.

Columbus will pick sixth, followed by the New York Islanders, Phoenix, Minnesota, Florida, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto and Vancouver.

The remaining draft positions will be determined by the playoffs.

The drawing was held behind closed doors at the NHL's New York office, with 14 balls placed in a lottery machine.

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Here's how I see it going. Not an impact year. No Crosby's out there.

1. Erik Johnson, D, U.S. National Under-18

2. Derick Brassard, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)

3. Jordan Staal, C, Peterborough (OHL)

4. Jonathan Toews, C/W, North Dakota (WCHA)

5. Phil Kessel, C, Minnesota (WCHA)

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