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NHL's draft lottery undergoing changes

The NHL Draft Lottery is undergoing a change. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

The NHL Draft Lottery is undergoing a change. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

The NHL’s draft lottery will have a new look moving forward.

The league announced several tweaks to the existing system on Wednesday, including better odds for those non-playoff teams finishing 17th through 26th to capture the first overall selection. The alteration comes at the expense of the squads that ended up 27th to 30th in previous year -- teams that will now find their odds worse.

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the 2015 NHL draft lottery.

Here’s a look at how the odds have changed for the 14 non-playoff teams, ranking from fewest points to most.

Finish (Fewest Points) - New Odds - Former Odds

  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%

In another change, the 2016 lottery will be used to determine the top three draft slots in the draft, not just the first overall pick as has been the case.

Three draws will be held.

The first lottery draw will determine the team selecting first overall, the second draw will determine the team selecting second overall and the third draw will determine the team 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 team could fall as low as fourth overall.

The 11 teams not selected in the lottery will be assigned NHL draft selections four through 14, in inverse order of regular-season points.


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