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NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format

Under phase-in plan, odds will be adjusted to reflect increasing competitive balance in 2015; Lottery will be expanded to determine first three selections in 2016

Wednesday, 20.08.2014 / 4:04 PM / News Articles
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NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format
The National Hockey League announced changes to its Draft Lottery. Odds will be adjusted to reflect increasing competitive balance in 2015 and the Lottery will be expanded to determine the first three selections in 2016.

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.

Non-Playoff Team

(Fewest Pts. to Most)              New Draft Lottery Odds             Odds Under Former Allocation

          1                                               20.0%                                                  25.0%

          2                                               13.5%                                                  18.8%

          3                                               11.5%                                                  14.2%

          4                                                 9.5%                                                  10.7%

          5                                                 8.5%                                                    8.1%

          6                                                 7.5%                                                    6.2%

          7                                                 6.5%                                                    4.7%

          8                                                 6.0%                                                    3.6%

          9                                                 5.0%                                                    2.7%

        10                                                 3.5%                                                    2.1%

        11                                                 3.0%                                                    1.5%

        12                                                 2.5%                                                    1.1%

        13                                                 2.0%                                                    0.8%

        14                                                 1.0%                                                    0.5%

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 22 13 4 5 60 54 31
2 STL 21 14 6 1 57 43 29
3 VAN 21 14 6 1 65 61 29
4 NSH 20 13 5 2 57 42 28
5 CGY 22 13 7 2 71 61 28
6 LAK 21 11 6 4 57 49 26
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
9 WPG 22 10 9 3 45 51 23
10 MIN 19 11 8 0 54 43 22
11 DAL 21 8 9 4 61 72 20
12 ARI 22 9 11 2 54 67 20
13 COL 21 7 9 5 53 67 19
14 EDM 21 6 13 2 49 74 14

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 22 8 6 -1 14
A. Ladd 22 7 6 1 13
B. Little 22 6 6 3 12
M. Frolik 22 4 5 4 9
M. Scheifele 22 3 6 4 9
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
Z. Bogosian 21 0 8 1 8
D. Byfuglien 22 3 4 -1 7
M. Perreault 22 2 4 -4 6
E. Kane 14 2 4 1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 3 1 1 .948 1.38
O. Pavelec 7 8 2 .917 2.29
 
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