SBD/Issue 165/Leagues & Governing Bodies

NHL Face-Off, Day 246: Draft Lottery In The Future?

The NHL’s BOG has in place the framework of a system for the next entry draft “that will allow each of the NHL’s 30 teams a chance at the first overall pick,” according to sources cited by Ken Campbell of the TORONTO STAR. The system would “skew the lottery in favour of teams that have finished out of the playoffs in the past four seasons and not had the first overall selection in any of the past four entry drafts.” The draft order would be reversed each round. The system “likely won’t be put into place officially” until a CBA is reached. One GM said that revenue sharing “would be key to the lottery.” The GM: “If there is a system of revenue sharing, and I’d be shocked if there weren’t, that’s the way it will be. The attitude of the large market teams is that they’re going to be losing some revenues to small markets, so they want some kind of a chance [at NHL prospect Sidney Crosby]” (TORONTO STAR, 5/18). In Edmonton, Terry Jones cited sources as saying that the NHL is considering a system “that will be based on how teams finished over the course of the last three years.” Teams that missed the postseason all three years would get three balls, teams that missed twice would get two balls and the rest would get one ball. After the first pick, each team is reduced to one ball. This method would also “use a reverse system” from round to round (EDMONTON SUN, 5/18).

Return to top
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug