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Draft lottery odds to remain the same (but winner gets first pick)

Feb 18, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

The NHL’s draft lottery odds will not be changing this year, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie. But unlike past years, the winner will receive the first overall pick.

According to McKenzie, there was talk of changing the odds, and the league may change them in the future. But for now, they’ll stay as follows:

30th place team – 25.0%
29th place team – 18.8%
28th place team – 14.2%
27th place team – 10.7%
26th place team – 8.1%
25th place team – 6.2%
24th place team – 4.7%
23rd place team – 3.6%
22nd place team – 2.7%
21st place team – 2.1%
20th place team – 1.5%
19th place team – 1.1%
18th place team – 0.8%
17th place team – 0.5%

Under the previous rules, when the lottery winner could only move up a maximum of four spots, the last-place team had a 48.2 percent chance of keeping its first overall pick. Now, with all 14 non-playoff teams in the mix, it’s 25 percent.

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