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10-07-2012, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by My Sweet Shadow View Post
Even that description's a little misleading. You don't lose a ball "for every" playoff appearance or first overall. Essentially there's two criteria:

1) Missed the playoffs in each of the previous 3 seasons.
2) Didn't have the 1st overall selection over the last 4 drafts.

If you met both criteria, you got 3 balls.
If you made the playoffs only once OR had the 1st overall only once, you got 2 balls.
If you had two or more of any combination of those two (playoff appearances or 1st overalls), then you only got 1 ball.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26401

Thanks for starting the thread though; it'll definitely be useful with all this lock-out talk flying around.
Assuming the 2012-2013 season is cancelled won't the NHL have no choice to use the same Draft Lottery system they used in 2005? They don't have anything else to go by, so based on the rules Toronto should have at least a great chance of getting the #1 pick.

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