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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

2015 NHL Draft Lottery

The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-Playoff teams will be adjusted to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League. This will result in a more evenly-balanced allocation of odds, with the 10 highest-finishing non-Playoff qualifying teams receiving higher (better) Draft Lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds. The revised set of odds will remain in effect year-to-year in the future.


2016 NHL Draft Lottery

Beginning in 2016, the Draft Lottery will be utilized to assign the top three drafting slots in the NHL Draft, an expansion over previous years when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection only.

Three draws will be held: the 1st Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery draw will determine the club selecting third overall.

As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.

The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery draw will be the same as outlined above for the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 1st Lottery draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 2nd Lottery draw.

The 11 Clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 14, in inverse order of regular-season points.

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I think this is a step in the right direction however if they really want to fix the lottery, then they should further incentivise the draft by giving greater odds to the teams that finish 10th to 15th. In other words, the teams that actually try to make the playoffs and ultimately fall short should be given greater odds than those that are in the middle. That way you could have a team that finishes 17th overall get rewarded for being closer to the playoffs rather than being punished with the worst lottery chances. I would be be in favour of increasing the odds to as much as 5% for 14, 4% for 13, 3% for 12, etc. I think that this would ultimately be best for competitive balance and prevent teams from falling into the "Calgary zone" of draft picks (which sadly, I fear Vancouver currently resides).

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Or he's just a shameless wuss that can't take losing in a playoff series.

Worked with his dad, he flew us to our job sites drilling. Carey would ride the plane with us. his dad would drop us off at sun down and then fly his kid to hockey practice in the morning at 3 frigging am with a sliver of light on the horizon.

Ya, sorry bud Carey Price is not a wuss.

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I see the sudden changes in the draft lottery system and the fact that all Canadian teams can be in the lottery range now as not a coincidence at all.

If they weren't, there would be no changes made to the lottery system, as US expansion, which is dependant on the great talents being in the US, would continue as planned.

It's for the betterment of the league as a whole, but once again it's going to stink for Canadian fans hungry for a cup.

But at the end of the day we're still being... Entertained.

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