NHL draft lottery may get changes that would have helped Detroit Red Wings in 2020

Detroit Free Press

Mike Brehm

The Detroit Red Wings finished last overall with 39 points in 2019-20, 23 beyond the 30th-ranked Ottawa Senators.

But after the draft lottery was conducted, the Red Wings ended up picking fourth.

That isn’t likely to happen again, according to Sportsnet.

The Canadian network reported that the league is proposing three changes to the draft lottery that would have to be voted on by the board of governors.

-Teams would be limited to no more than two lottery wins in a five-year period.

-Teams would be allowed to jump only 10 spots with a lottery win.

-The number of picks decided by the lottery would be reduced from three to two.

The last one would have helped the Red Wings, who had an 18.5% chance of winning the right to draft Alexis Lafreniere. Instead, they missed out on the top three picks and the New York Rangers chose first overall after losing in the qualifying round.

The first proposed change aims to prevent long-term tanking. The second would prevent a team that falls just short of making the playoffs from landing the No. 1 pick.

The lottery includes the 15 teams that don’t make the playoffs, or teams that make trades to acquire those picks.

The lottery, officially known as the weighted draft drawing, was instituted in 1995 and has undergone many format changes. The rule making the first three picks up for grabs was started in 2016.

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