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NHL introduces new Draft Lottery rules

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07:04 PM ET 02.18 | A big factor in the new collective bargaining agreement for the NHL was how the Draft Lottery would work for teams that fail to make the postseason. Under the previous CBA rules, the winner of the lottery could only move up a maximum of four spots in the the draft. It meant that only the bottom five teams had a chance at the number one overall pick. However, all that has changed. The NHL has taken a page out of the NBA book, and now every team that fails to qualify for the playoffs gets a shot at the first overall selection. Which means that the worst team in the NHL now only has a 25 percent chance of keeping their top pick instead of a 48.2 percent chance. And although each team now has a chance to pick first, that doesn't mean there is any change in the odds each team has to win the lottery.

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February 19, 2013  08:19 AM ET

And the manipulation to get Seth Jones home to Dallas begins...

February 19, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the manipulation to get Seth Jones home to Dallas begins...

Heh, roll the dice, and see what turns up I guess, but if half the league tanked it to take a chance to hit the lottery every year, this would become the NBA.... Not something I would aspire to.

February 19, 2013  09:13 AM ET

I have always been a bit torn on this. On the one hand, the team that was the worst should get the 1st pick, but then, the more unscupulous may tank...

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February 19, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Heh, roll the dice, and see what turns up I guess, but if half the league tanked it to take a chance to hit the lottery every year, this would become the NBA.... Not something I would aspire to.

If we don't get Lehtonen back in a hurry... It won't be a question of "tanking".

February 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the manipulation to get Seth Jones home to Dallas begins...

...... that's if Detroit passes up on him first. ;-)

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February 19, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If we don't get Lehtonen back in a hurry... It won't be a question of "tanking".

Yes, Lehtonen had really worked some magic for himself pre-injury...

 
February 19, 2013  05:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I've never seen that as an issue in the NHL. NBA it's easy to tank - limit minutes to your one decent player and the other 10-12 will usually suffer immensely. The NHL is different - guys are playing for contracts, benching them pisses people off to no end, goalies aren't going to voluntarily let in goals. I know it's happened before (Ottawa comes to mind for that legend Alex Daigle), and that's why it is like it is now, but I still think it's a LOT harder in NHL circles to do.

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