Schultz to miss tonight’s Stars game; Draft Lottery to be televised Tuesday at 7 p.m. on VERSUS (little remembered 1998 Lightning/Panthers tidbit from Russo memory bank)

Posted on April 7th, 2009 – 11:03 AM
By Michael Russo

Defenseman Nick Schultz will miss his third-ever game due to injury tonight when the Wild hosts the Stars. The Wild is calling it a head injury, meaning this is the third member of the Wild’s “core” to be sidelined by a concussion in recent games.

Jacques Lemaire thinks Schultz’s head hit the glass in Detroit, but I hear Schultz doesn’t know when he got it and could have had it for a few days. Apparently, he just started having trouble seeing in the middle of the Red Wings’ game. 

Brent Burns, out for the rest of the season and probably the world championships with a concussion, played with his for more than a month until one final hit sidelined him. And Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who has improved the past few days but is not ready to increase his workouts yet, practiced two straight days after getting concussed against the Islanders.

You can bet these players have discovered concussions are nothing to take lightly if it ever happens again.

Derek Boogaard took part in today’s morning skate. He won’t divulge what his injury was, but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t his back. He said it’s been a very frustrating month, starting with his five-game suspension after his Calgary hit.

Cal Clutterbuck’s ecstatic to have Boogaard back.

“I’ve been talking to the wall,” Clutterbuck quipped.

Adrian Peterson will do the Let’s Play Hockey tonight, along with friend Rocket Ismail.

Mike Greenlay, who’s got the night off because the game is on VERSUS, will do Stars’ color for Dallas radio because Daryl Reaugh is working the VERSUS booth with Joe Beninati.

Kurtis Foster and John Scott will both play on the blue line. There will only be one forward scratched. Peter Olvecky, who had a solid game in Detroit, will play. A decision will be made on Colton Gillies, whom Lemaire raved about today, and Craig Weller. Both Gillies and Weller stayed on late, but Gillies, who’s got an incredible work ethic, stays on late everyday.

So I’m guessing he’s in.

Congrats to Jim Dowd for a fine career. He officially retired today.

Here is the release from the NHL on the Draft lottery. Just one minor correction from Senor Russo.

In 1998, very few people remember this, but Tampa Bay did not win the lottery like the release states. Florida did. However, earlier in the season before the Panthers absolutely tanked (10-game winless streak followed by three-game winning streak followed by a 15-game winless streak including 13 straight losses, which by the way I remember off the top of my aching head), the Panthers traded their first-round pick to San Jose for Viktor Kozlov. The Sharks subsequently traded that pick to Tampa Bay.

Well, the Panthers won the lottery but since they had already traded the pick, the Lightning drafted Vincent Lecavalier. The Lightning, by the way, won a Stanley Cup in 2004. The Panthers? They haven’t won a playoff round since 1996, a playoff game since 1997 or appeared in the playoffs since 2000.

See, everybody makes mistakes, and certain ones cripple franchises.

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 7, 2009) – The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET at the NHL’s New York City office.

        The League, in cooperation with TSN, will unveil the results of the Draft Drawing live during a 30-minute program – titled “Scotiabank / NHL Draft
LotteryTM“ – produced and televised by TSN in Canada.  The special presentation will be simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S.  Furthermore, the results will be streamed live on and  It is the second consecutive year the Draft Drawing results will be televised live, and the third time since 2005.

Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, will be live in TSN’s studios to reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the Clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.

Per NHL rules, the Club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order.  Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick.  No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.

        Under the weighted system, the Club with the fewest regular-season points will have the greatest chance (25%) of winning the Draft Drawing and will pick no lower than second.  Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is:

                30th place team         – 25.0%                        23rd place team         -   3.6%
                29th place team         – 18.8%                        22nd place team -   2.7%
                28th place team         – 14.2%                        21st place team         -   2.1%
                27th place team         – 10.7%                        20th place team         -   1.5%
                26th place team         -   8.1%                        19th place team         -   1.1%
                25th place team         -   6.2%                        18th place team         -   0.8%
                24th place team         -   4.7%                        17th place team         -   0.5%
        The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.  The first round will take place on Friday, June 26 commencing at 7 p.m. (local time) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27.
Results of Previous Draft Drawings
Year          Selected                      Effect On Draft Order                          Player Selected
1995          Los Angeles                  Moved from 7th to 3rd                            D Aki Berg
1996          Ottawa                          Retained 1st selection                             D Chris Phillips
1997          Boston                       Retained 1st selection                             C Joe Thornton
1998          Tampa Bay                   Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades                 C Vincent Lecavalier
1999          Chicago                         Moved from 8th to 4th                              RW Pavel Brendl *
2000          NY Islanders                  Moved from 5th to 1st                              G Rick DiPietro
2001          Atlanta                           Moved from 3rd to 1st                              LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002          Florida                           Moved from 3rd to 1st                              LW Rick Nash **
2003          Florida                           Moved from 4th to 1st                              G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004          Washington                   Moved from 3rd to 1st                              LW Alex Ovechkin
2005          Pittsburgh                      n/a                                                            C Sidney Crosby
2006          St. Louis                        Retained 1st selection                             D Erik Johnson
2007          Chicago                         Moved from 5th to 1st                        RW Patrick Kane
2008          Tampa Bay               Retained 1st selection                             C Steven Stamkos
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago’s pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida’s pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida’s pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

Another Russo tidbit because I am the residential Panthers’ man, but regarding the two previous notes, Panthers’ then-GM Rick Dudley made those trades because he knew 100 percent beforehand after talking with the teams he flipped with that the Panthers would still be able to draft the players they wanted first overall anyway, Jay Bouwmeester and Nathan Horton, respectively. 

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