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Worst goes first: Blues win NHL draft lottery

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.