March 23, 2021

NHL Draft Lottery changes approved

The NHL’s Board of Governors has approved NHL Draft Lottery changes, the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.


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.

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