All non-playoff teams get shot at No. 1 pick under new NHL draft lottery rules

The NHL has tweaked the draft lottery, giving all 14 teams taking part a shot at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The odds of winning the lottery are the same as in previous years, giving teams at the bottom of the standings a much greater chance of winning, but  any team that finishes out of the playoffs – or has the rights to the pick of one of those teams – can secure the No. 1 overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft.

Also, all seven rounds of this year’s draft will be conducted on a single day – Sunday, June 30 – in New Jersey.

Here’s the release from the NHL:

The 2013 NHL Draft Lottery, to be held this year on Monday, April 29, will be the first in NHL history where all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams, will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection. Under the previous lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points in the standings had the opportunity to win the first overall selection as rules dictated no team could move up more than four spots.

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. 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.

The likelihood of each team gaining the right to the first pick is as follows:

Team 1: 25.0%
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%

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.

2013 NHL Draft

 The 2013 NHL Draft will be held Sunday, June 30, with all seven rounds being conducted on the same day for the first time since 2006. As previously announced, the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center will host the event.
The draft gets underway at 3 p.m. ET as James Duthie hosts live coverage in Canada on TSN direct from the draft floor along with TSN’s panel of experts. RDS will present exclusive French-language coverage throughout Canada. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network presents live coverage starting at 3 p.m. ET, while NHL Network in the U.S. continues live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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