1.CBJ 58pts (currently 54/7GR) 2.PIT 59pts (currently 51/6GR) 3.WASH 61pts (currently 55/7GR) 4. CHI 68pts (currently 56/8GR*) 5. NYR 70pts (currently 65/6GR) ------- 6. PHX 70pts (currently 66/6GR)** Notes: * based on T-bo's return and Hawks win 6 of last 7 if he plays them all;if Hawks win tonight vs. COL then only 5/7 required from T-bo when he returns on 25th)--of courswe danger is if he then won the 6/7 =14 more points and 3 way tie at 70--- in that scenario Hawks climb to 6th pre-lotto... ** Not sure in event of tie between NYR and PHX who ranks ahead (in draft slot)due to less wins--but I'll put down NYR here just because the hockey gods will want them to either win this year's lotto (OVechkin) or the Crosby lotto in the next draft... Prediction: EITHER NYR wins lotto from 5th and bumps Hawks to 5th this draft--- OR Hawks win lotto from 4th or 6th (the latter definitely will occurr if they tie with NYR and PHX at 70 pts but draft after those 2 pre-lotto ---because then the hockey gods will be rewarding the hawks--but ONLY to the 2nd pick and taking away any chance of a lotto win to gain Crosby next time-- in terms of the hockey gods never letting the Hawks win 2 lottos in a row,since the same finishes would be used for that lotto given the lock-out all next season..in effect the "reward" to the Hawks of a lotto win from 6th would be a a tease = a smack in the face really--but we alll know they love to rub it in with the "almosts" whenever the Hawks are involved)...better that NYR should win Ovechkin and the Hawks draft 5th, then the Hawks at least have a theoretical hope of wining that lotto from 4th --if the Hawks we are going to win a lotto better it should be the Crosby lotto---and if no lotto win from 4th in either draft is eventualized--then better NYR should win a lotto this year --to even contemplate Crosby there after the next draft makes me want to puke! Of course I would also puke if CBJ won the Crosby lotto (I'll live with PIT or WASH winning that one---and with the other of these 2 winning this year's if it must be so).......If CBJ is destined for a lotto win--better it should be this year's than next ...And if Hawks win the lotto from #4 this year,I'm really not sure Ovechkin is the right pick ---I would like Malkin or Olesz so even a trade down for one of them at #2,#3,or #4---or even a trade down to #5 or #6 for Schremp (the price in the first case being a flip of picks in the next draft or a seciond rounder at the Hawks' option,and in the 2nd,Schremp from 5thor 6th = a first rounder in the next draft (maybe a 2nd rounder goes back) --whichgive the Hawks more ammo to trade up for Crosby if required next draft with 2 very early picks + more in the offering --(3 more first rounders? or some other prospects in the mix? A Ditka/Ricky williams entire draft etc.. etc..whatever it takes to get the NEXTKY).