NHL Draft Lottery 2013: How does it work?

June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Derrick Pouliot is shown on the video board after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL Draft lottery will be held today to help determine the order for this year’s draft. This season, we have a new approach to how the process will take place, and there is a little misunderstanding about how everything will take place.

Will all of the intrigue and questions surrounding the 2013 NHL Draft lottery, how does everything take place?

Here is a breakdown of the rules (You can read the entire breakdown here):

The NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2013 NHL Draft. Teams finishing with the fewest points during the regular season possess the greatest chance of winning the right to the first pick in the NHL Draft. Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, are placed in a lottery machine. The machine expels four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls is matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs.

While the top pick can now go to any of the 14 non-playoff clubs, or the team owning the rights to the first pick of a non-playoff club, the odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years. The teams in the drawing are ranked in inverse order of their regular season point totals, with team one being the club with the fewest points, and team 14 being the club with the most points among those outside of the playoffs.

No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Lottery. The remaining first round drafting positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

We hope that you tune in to the new and improved NHL Draft.

Let us know your thoughts on the new process and whether or not it changes the amount of attention you pay to the event. You can share your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section.

Topics: Nhl, NHL Draft Lotter

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