Gordon

Gordon

Congratulations to former Providence Bruins (AHL) head coach Scott Gordon, as his New York Islanders tonight won the NHL Draft Drawing and retained the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Islanders, who finished with the lowest point total in the NHL with a 26-47-9 record in Gordon’s first year as head coach, went into the drawing with the best odds (25 percent) of getting the No. 1 pick. Only the teams with the five worst records had a chance to get the top pick. The Islanders, if they retain the pick, will probably choose between London Knights (OHL) center John Tavares and defenseman Victor Hedman of the Swedish Elite League’s MoDo, who are widely regarded as the top two prospects for this year’s draft.

Here’s the rest of the draft order among non-playoff clubs:

1. New York Islanders
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Colorado Avalanche
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Phoenix Coyotes
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
8. Dallas Stars
9. Ottawa Senators
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. Nashville Predators
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Buffalo Sabres
14. Florida Panthers