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12-23-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Interactif View Post
All we have to go on is how the NHL handled the lottery after the 2004-05 season was canceled. All 30 clubs were given a chance to win the No. 1 overall pick, but the lottery was weighted for the clubs that had struggled in recent seasons. Three balls were given to all 30 clubs (90), and one ball was taken away from each time a club made the Stanley Cup playoffs in the previous three seasons and each time a club had earned the No. 1 overall pick in the previous four seasons. No team could have less than one ball.

Here's what the numbers would look like under that scenario.

There would be a total of 50 balls in the hopper and the Blue Jackets would have five of them, two more than anybody else in the league. Five balls? Yes. The Blue Jackets have all three of their own -- no playoffs, no No. 1 overall picks -- plus the first-round pick of the New York Rangers (Rick Nash trade) and Los Angeles Kings (Jeff Carter trade). That's a 10 percent shot at winning the No. 1 overall pick, something the Jackets -- despite their struggles -- have never won.

Six clubs would have three balls: Calgary, Carolina, Dallas, Minnesota, Toronto, Winnipeg.

Six clubs would have two balls: Anaheim, Colorado, Florida, NY Islanders, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Thats not how it works... Those picks would get moved to the following years... Every teams needs to have a first in the lottery. Just like last time... We didn't have a first I think but we still got a pick, or it might have been another team

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