NHL announces new draft lottery system

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 2:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NHL announced some tweaks to its draft lottery system this afternoon, changes that will go into effect beginning with this year's draft in Newark, N.J.

For the first time in league history, all 14 non-playoff teams will have a chance at obtaining the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft -- as opposed to the previous system, under which a certain number of teams (bottom five in the league) could move up no more than four spots and get the top selection via lottery.

There is a new, weighted system in place for the lottery, which takes place April 29 on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs. No team in the lottery can fall more than one spot in the order, which is to say the 30th-place team cannot pick below second overall under this arrangement.

With three first-round draft picks for the first time in frachise history, the Blue Jackets figure to be a major part of this year's lottery and draft. John Davidson and new GM Jarmo Kekalainen also had three first-round picks during the 2007 NHL Draft, which was held at Nationwide Arena.

Here are the odds for the 14 clubs in lottery contention:

Team 1- 25%

Team 2- 18.8%

Team 3- 14.2%

Team 4- 10.7%

Team 5- 8.1%

Team 6- 6.2%

Team 7- 4.7%

Team 8- 3.6%

Team 9- 2.7%

Team 10- 2.1%

Team 11- 1.5%

Team 12 - 1.1%

Team 13- 0.8%

Team 14 - 0.5%

An important note from today's announcement: 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.

The clubs outside of the lottery range will have their draft order determined by order of finish in the playoffs, similar to previous years.

One change with the draft is scheduling: prior to the NHL work stoppage, the draft was scheduled for its normal two days, but this year's draft in Newark will take place all in one day. It will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network, and continuing at 8 p.m. on NHL Network (U.S.).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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