Monday, April 29, 2013

NEW NHL Draft Lottery Debute tonight



The new system for the NHL draft lottery to determine which team will receive the number one over all pick, debuted tonight.  The lottery included all of the 14 teams not headed to the Stanley Cup playoffs; the system does not guarantee the team with the worst record the number one pick instead it gives odds to each of the 14 teams based on the points they have at the close of the regular season.   As the regular season advances each teams chance diminishes as they earn more points. This ensures that no one team can throws the season in order to secure the first pick. Prior to this new system, only the 5 worst ranked teams were in the lottery and winning permitted the team to move up only four spots.  This new system parallel’s the NBA.  
Here are the teams, points and their odds at winning the lottery:
Team
Points
Odds
Florida Panthers
36
25.0
Colorado Avalanche
39
18.8
Tampa Bay Lightning
40
14.2
Nashville Predators
41
10.7
Carolina Hurricanes
41
8.1
Calgary Flames
42
6.2
Edmonton Oilers
45
4.7
Buffalo Sabres
48
3.6
New Jersey Devils
48
2.7
Dallas Stars
48
2.1
Philadelphia Flyers
49
1.5
Phoenix Coyotes
51
1.1
Winnipeg Jets
51
0.8
Columbus Blue Jackets
55
0.5

Tonight the lottery was selected and here is the order of the 14 picks:
1. Colorado Avalanche
2. Florida Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Nashville Predators
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. Calgary Flames
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. New Jersey Devils
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets

Pick 15-30 will be determined by the out come of the Stanley Cup playoffs, that starting tomorrow. All seven rounds of the draft will take place on June 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  During the NHL Entry Draft, teams will select the rights to amateur hockey players who meet league eligibility(North American players 18–20 years old and Europeans of all ages entering league for the first time, all others enter league as unrestricted free agents) .  Some teams have already exchanged picks via trade earlier this season and carried over from last season – this list is very long.

Players to watch during the NHL Entry Draft are: Seth Jones defenseman of the Portland Winterhawks, according the NHL scouting is the number 1 ranked North American skater followed by Halifax Mooseheads' forwards Nathan MacKinnon and my personal favorite Jonathan Drouin. The top ranked international players are: Aleksander Barkov of the Finnish Elite,  Valeri Nichushkin out of Russia and Elias Lindholm of the Swedish Elite League.

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