Winnipeg Jets will select thirteenth in the 2013 NHL Draft; Colorado Avalanche win draft lottery

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The Winnipeg Jets will draft exactly where they finished in the standings as the Colorado Avalanche upset the Florida Panthers in the 2013 NHL Draft Lottery.

With the opening puck-drop of the 2013 NHL playoffs taking place just twenty-four hours from now, tonight was dedicated to the NHL's have-nots. Inside TSN's Toronto studios, five representatives of the NHL's worst teams came to congregate in hopes that their team's emblem would emerge on the golden ticket labelled "first overall" as pulled by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The Winnipeg Jets were one of the league's fourteen have-nots, finishing four points short of the franchise's first playoff berth since the spring of 2007 when they were routed handily by the New York Rangers in a four game sweep. At a 0.8% chance of winning tonight's draft lottery, the odds were heavily in favour of the Jets' drafting outside of the top ten for the first time since that '07 season when they traded away their first two draft picks for a brief jaunt from Keith Tkachuk.

It didn't take long for the Jets to learn their fate. Bill Daly calmly opened tonight's second envelope -- symbolizing this year's thirteenth pick -- and announced that it did in fact belong to Winnipeg.

The draft lottery continued with each team selecting in their projected slots, until we reached the final two envelopes. It was then that we learned the Colorado Avalanche had usurped the Florida Panthers, winning the 2013 NHL Draft lottery and ultimately, the Seth Jones sweepstakes.

Now that the draft lottery is behind us, we can focus on this springs quest for the cup, another journey which will take place without the Winnipeg Jets.

Below is a list of some of the top potential prospects coming into June's draft in Newark, NJ. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

# Pos Name DOB HT WT Team
1 D Seth Jones 11/3/1994 6'3 215 Portland Winterhawks
2 F Nathan MacKinnon 9/1/1995 5'11 180 Halifax Moosehead
3 F Jonathan Drouin 3/27/1995 5'11 180 Halifax Moosehead
4 F Aleksander Barkov 9/2/1995 6'2 205 Tappara
5 F Valeri Nichushkin 3/4/1995 6'4 198 Chelyabinsk
6 F Elias Lindholm 12/2/1994 6'0 183 Brynas
7 F Sean Monahan 10/12/1994 6'2 180 Ottawa 67s
8 D Darnell Nurse 2/4/1995 6'4 185 Soo Greyhounds
9 F Hunter Shinkaruk 11/13/1994 5'10 170 Medicine Hat Tigers
10 D Rasmus Ristolainen 10/27/1994 6'3 210 TPS Turku
11 D Nikita Zadorov 4/16/1995 6'4 225 London Knights
12 D Ryan Pulock 10/6/1994 6'0 195 Brandon Wheat Kings
13 F Adam Erne 4/20/1995 6'1 200 Quebec Remparts
14 D Josh Morrissey 3/28/1995 6'0 185 Prince Albert Raiders
15 F Max Domi 3/2/1995 5'9 185 London Knights
16 F Curtis Lazar 2/2/1995 6'0 190 Edmonton Oil Kings
17 F Anthony Mantha 9/16/1994 6'4 180 Val - D'or
18 F Frederik Gauthier 4/26/1995 6'5 210 Rimouski Oceanic
19 F Bo Horvat 4/5/1995 6'0 195 London Knights
20 F Alexander Wennberg 9/22/1995 6'1 174 Djurgarden
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