The NHL’s board of governors has approved new rules that will change how the first overall selection will be determined via the NHL Draft Lottery.
The new policies would be implemented over a two-year span, starting with the 2015 NHL Draft.
The first major change would condense the odds each lottery team has to win the right to choose first. Currently, the team that finishes last has a 25% chance of selecting first whereas the 17th overall team as a 0.7% chance. With the new changes, the odds for the last place team would decrease to about 19-20% according to Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray via John Vogl of the Buffalo News.
The second big change to the lottery would be the number of picks determined by the drawing. Currently, only the first pick can be impacted, meaning the team that finishes in last place can pick no worse than second overall.
According to Murray, the new changes that would be implemented for the 2016 NHL Draft would change the number of picks determined by the lottery from one to three. This would mean that the team that finishes last could pick as low as fourth starting in 2016.
The NHL now has to present the changes to the NHL Player’s Association in July. It is expected that the NHLPA will approve the changes.
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