Changes coming to NHL Draft Lottery in 2015

Changes coming to NHL Draft Lottery in 2015
August 20, 2014, 4:15 pm
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The National Hockey League announced changes coming to the draft lottery in 2015, just in time for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes to get a little more exciting.

Beginning next year, the league's bottom four teams will have worse odds (comparing to prior seasons) at landing the projected first-round pick, as highlighted below in the new format:

Non-playoff team (fewest points to most) New draft lottery odds Odds under format allocation
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%

Per the NHL, the changes are being made to "more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the league."

But even more change will be coming our way the following year.

Beginning in 2016, the draft lottery will be used to assign the top three drafting slots — opposed to just the first — modeling itself after the NBA. Which means that the worst team in the league could wind up with the fourth overall pick, making any incentive to tank in order to land the highest pick a little less likely.

The remaining 11 clubs not selected to be in the lottery will be assigned selections 4-14, in inverse order of their regular-season points.