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Lightning Are Awarded The No. 3 Overall Selection In The 2013 NHL Draft

On Monday night, the NHL held their Draft Lottery to find out who would be awarded the top 14 picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

At 14.2 percent chance the Tampa Bay Lightning would be awarded the top draft pick, they were seeded third in the process and retained the third overall spot in June's draft.

As a result of Monday's Lottery, the first 14 selections of the NHL Draft are:

1. Colorado Avalanche
2. Florida Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Nashville Predators
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. Calgary Flames
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. New Jersey Devils
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets

Dating back to the draft lottery inception in 1995, the Lightning have been awarded the top selection in that year's draft twice.

In 1998 the Lighting moved from third to first via trades and drafted Vincent Lecavalier with the No. 1 overall pick, and in 2008 Tampa Bay retained the No. 1 overall pick and selected Steven Stamkos.

2013 is widely said to be a very talented and deep draft class, with defensemen Seth Jones from Portland thought to be drafted No. 1 overall by Colorado.

Al Murray is the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Bolts and gave his take on what he feels the Lightning will look for in June's draft.

"Smart players, we want highly competitive people," Murray said while a guest on Lightning Hockey Night with Dave Mishkin.  "After that we want as much talent and as much speed as we can.  We don't want to be the smallest team in the league but we're not gonna overlook players based on size alone if they have all the ingredients to be elite players."


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