NHL - Better odds to better teams in draft lottery revamp

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NHL - Better odds to better teams in draft lottery revamp
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: (L-R) Leon Draisaitl third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Aaron Ekblad first overall pick by the Florida Panthers, and Sam Reinhart the second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres pose during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)

- A revamped National Hockey League Draft Lottery format announced Wednesday by the league will offer lower odds for the five worst clubs in a season to land the top pick.

But under the changes, 10 teams finishing higher but missing the playoffs will be rewarded with slightly better chances of taking the coveted top choice in 2015.

And in 2016, the lottery will allocate the top three choices in the draft, meaning the overall worst finisher from the previous season will be ensured no worse than a fourth overall pick rather than no worse than the number two pick under the prior format.

The move rewards superior performance while still giving the best chance at claiming the top choice to the teams that need it the most based upon futility, a move made the help create parity.


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