The National Hockey League takes another tack into uncharted waters on Friday evening when it will conduct Phase One of the 2020 Draft Lottery. Unlike previous lotteries which have been “Phase One & Only”, this one could have a second phase, or maybe it won’t.
Confused? Let the NHL explain:
The draft lottery will determine the first 15 picks in the 2020 NHL Draft based on 3-6 drawings over one or two phases. It will include the seven teams that did not make the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, plus eight teams that are eliminated in the qualifiers.
That clears things up, eh?
Since 2016, not coincidentally the year after the Edmonton Oilers won the right to draft Connor McDavid, the NHL has put the top three picks in the draft to a lottery. The 15 teams that miss the playoffs all have a shot at the first pick, with the last-place finisher having the best odds at 18.5% descending all the way to just 1% chance for the highest-placed team among playoff outsiders. Those are the odds for the first lottery (for the first pick), after which things become more convoluted as the successful team is removed from the equation and the odds for the remaining 14 teams rejigged.
Credit: Source link