Everything you need to know about the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery
There are two games on Sunday, yet all four of those teams are remarkably guaranteed playoff spots, so their contests won’t affect the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery.
This post has a simple aim, then: catch you up to speed on where teams landed and other key bits of information.
Let’s rattle it all off in something resembling a FAQ format, shall we?
When: It takes place on April 30, 2016.
Rankings: Here are the standings, with each team’s chances of landing the first overall pick.
1. Toronto Maple Leafs - 20 percent chance
2. Edmonton Oilers - 13.5 percent
3. Vancouver Canucks - 11.5 percent
4. Columbus Blue Jackets - 9.5 percent
5. Calgary Flames - 8.5 percent
6. Winnipeg Jets - 7.5 percent
7. Arizona Coyotes - 6.5 percent
8. Buffalo Sabres - 6 percent
9. Montreal Canadiens - 5 percent
10. Colorado Avalanche - 3.5 percent
11. New Jersey Devils - 3 percent
12. Ottawa Senators - 2.5 percent
13. Carolina Hurricanes - 2 percent
14. Boston Bruins - 1 percent
Will the world end if the Oilers get the top pick again?
It would be super-awkward/funny if that happened, though.
How it’s changed
This NHL release breaks it down spot-by-spot if you’d like, but the gist is that the bottom teams aren’t given quite the same odds. For example: the team with the highest odds would have a 25 percent chance before, but now it’s at 20 percent.
Here’s a little more, via that release:
Beginning in 2016, the Draft Lottery will be utilized to assign the top three drafting slots in the NHL Draft, an expansion over previous years when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection only.
Three draws will be held: the 1st Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery draw will determine the Club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery draw will determine the club selecting third overall.
As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.
The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery draw will be the same as outlined above for the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 1st Lottery draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery draw, based on which Club wins the 2nd Lottery draw.
The 11 Clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 14, in inverse order of regular-season points.
Who will go first?
That depends, and it’s something PHT will tackle as the draft approaches, but Auston Matthews (pictured) is probably at least the most widely known guy who could be the top selection.