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The NHL has announced new changes in the NHL Draft Lottery system and they will be phased in over the next two years.  http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=728795&cmpid=nhl-twt



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.


         New        Old
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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   I see this as a move that was smart for the NHL. They have finally realized this whole lottery thing is interesting to the fans, and this gives them 2 more opportunities to lure in the fans of of the lesser NHL teams, 2 more chances to impress the hard core fans who would not miss this stuff for anything. This is just marketing 101....give the fans more of what they want....and a chance to appear like the tooth fairy....leaving a 2nd overall under the pillow.



  The initial foray might not attract many fans, but it will grow as the years pass, nothing like the NFL or anything, but it should start out small with the chance to grow massive. As we speak, Rogers and others are lining up to pay for the right to broadcast the extra lotteries.

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