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NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format

The National Hockey League announced changes to its Draft Lottery on Wednesday, which will be phased in over two years, and it will start this upcoming season.

In 2015, the 30th team's chances at 1st pick is reduced from 25 to 20 percent, but the 30th team is guaranteed the second pick at worst.

The 10 highest-finishing non-Playoff qualifying teams will receive higher Draft Lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams will receive worse odds.

In 2016, 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.

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