NHL Draft Lottery changes approved
The NHL’s Board of Governors has approved NHL Draft Lottery changes, the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.
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The changes will determine the order of future NHL Drafts for clubs that do not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The main three changes to the lottery include:
- The number of picks decided by the lottery will be lowered from three to two
- Teams will be limited to no more than two lottery wins in a five-year period
- Teams will only be allowed to jump 10 spots with a lottery win
These changes will start to impact the draft this year, with the first point – only deciding the top two picks via lottery – taking place ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft.
The second two points will take effect ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. Also previously noted, the “five-year period” change will start in 2022, not including lottery winners in 2021 or prior.
The 2021 NHL Draft is set for July 23-24.