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08-01-2013, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mkoll View Post
Does an expansion team automatically get the first selection in the entry level draft? or are they just thrown into the main lottery with the best chance?
The most recent draft lottery involving expansion teams was with Minnesota and Columbus who picked 3rd and 4th, respectively. Atlanta had the worst record but the Islanders won the lottery and picked first. My guess is the Board of Governors would approve any alterations to that format should there be two teams added in a future expansion. Additionally, Atlanta had the best chance of winning at 25%, then Tampa Bay (second worst regular season record) and the two expansion teams had 14.6%. Atlanta dropped to #2 for losing the lottery. Minnesota won a separate coin flip with Columbus to pick third. I'm pretty sure either of the two expansion teams could have won the lottery if the correct numbers were chosen.


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