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NHL adopts changes to draft lottery, impacting Detroit Red Wings

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Most likely, the Red Wings will be back in the NHL draft lottery.

Once they are there, their chances of finishing # 1 overall will be slightly different.

According to the Canadian sports networks TSN and Sportsnet, the NHL Board of Governors has approved changes to the system that will come into effect over the next two years.

As of this year, only the two best places in the draft will be determined by the lottery – a reduction of three.

And from 2022, a team can only advance to a maximum of 10 places in the lottery. This means that 11 of the 16 teams that miss the playoffs are qualified for the first overall selection.

Also starting with the draft for 2022, a team can win the lottery a maximum of two times within five years.

The Red Wings, which didn’t win the lottery last season, were a primary reason for the changes.

The wings were the last in the NHL with 23 points – and still fell out fourth in the lottery. The New York Rangers, who qualified for the “Return To Play” play-in round, won the lottery and took first place overall.

After last year’s lottery, many in the NHL felt the odds should favor the worst teams this season.

The NHL Entry Draft is tentatively scheduled for July 23-24, although there has been speculation that it will be pushed back as many junior leagues have little or no season due to the pandemic.

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