# How does nhl draft lottery work

## How does the Draft Lottery work?

Last year Carolina finneshed Dead Last and Pittsburgh was not far behind yet Florida had the 1st overall pick(before Pittsburgh tradded for it)

Last year Carolina finneshed Dead Last and Pittsburgh was not far behind yet Florida had the 1st overall pick(before Pittsburgh tradded for it)

so how does this lottery work exactly?

The highest you can move up the draft is 4 positions and the most you can drop is 1. I don't know the percentages, but according to how bad you finished you get more of a chance to win the lottery. Like, the worst team has a 50% chance of getting first pick and at worst get 2nd. Say 5th worst team gets the first pick, then all the teams 1-4 move down one spot as they cannot move any further.

I'm sure someone else can give u more details on the exact odds.

From NHL.com

"The NHL's annual Draft Drawing is a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2002 Entry Draft.

The 14 teams that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired those clubs' 2002 first-round draft picks participate in the Drawing.

The Club selected in the drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order, thus only the four Clubs with the fewest regular-season points have the opportunity to receive the first overall selection. No Club can move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing. "

Pretty

sure the Stanley Cup winner gets #30

Without getting into the exact mathematical/statistical way of how they exactly do it:

There's a bunch of ping pong balls with numbers in a machine. The machine spits out a certain number of balls, for example say 5. The 5 numbers will then form a larger number, say 90210 (cue the music).

Each non playoff team is assigned a certain range of numbers according to where they finished in the regular season. The last place team gets a range of 25% of the possible numbers. Second to last gets 18.8% of of the remaining possible numbers, third to last gets 14.4% of the remaining, etc etc.

A team can only move up 4 spots max, so only the worst 5 teams can move up to the #1 spot. Los Angeles won the lottery in 1995, they moved from #7 to #3 and picked Aki Berg. Florida was 4th worst this year, but they won the lottery, so they got to move up to #1.

The lottery was put in place as a deterrent for team to lose on purpose in order to gain the #1 spot. The Penguins were accused of this in 1984 to get Mario Lemieux, the Senators admitted (?) to doing this to procure Alexandre Daigle in 1993.

Basically it comes out to a 50/50 chance that the worst team actually ends up with the #1 pick. And worst case scenario, they only get bumped down to #2. Not like the NBA where there is a chance that the worst team can get booted to #4.

Source: hfboards.hockeysfuture.com

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