We would go into 2013-2014 with tons of open roster space, players like Kadri, Gardiner and Frattin allowed another development season in the AHL, Rielly likely ready to compete, and a top - if not the top - prospect in an extremely talented draft.
Again, nobody wants to see a season off (I certainly don't), but can any other team make better lemonade if we're given lemons?
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.
From searching, i found the rules. just thought I'd re post them... . Sure we have three balls with 3 other teams, but if 6 teams also have 2 balls and 20 with 1 ball, we would only have a ~6% chance of picking first overall. Those aren't good odds.
It will never happen. The season won't be lost, so forget the dream of the bouncy balls. Even if by some magnificently stupid occurance, the NHL lost the season, they would not necessarily do it the same way. That's the luck of the leafs it seems.