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NHL changes draft lottery

Under the new NHL rules announced Monday, all 14 non-playoff teams can get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

NHL changes draft lottery

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Crews work on the final preparations on Friday, June 23, 2006 for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft which takes place in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Lam, CP)
Crews work on the final preparations on Friday, June 23, 2006 for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft which takes place in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Lam, CP)

Under the new NHL rules announced Monday, all 14 non-playoff teams can get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

The Flyers, of course, hope it doesn't affect their selection. They are currently No. 8 in the East, but they have played three more games than the New York Rangers. New York is one point behind the Flyers, and the teams meet Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

A lottery will be held April 29, and it will be the first time in NHL history that all teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs will have a chance to get the top pick.

The draft will be held June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, home of the New Jersey Devils.

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In the previous lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity at getting the No. 1 selection.

The new weighted system will give the worst team a 25 percent chance of getting the top pick, while the 14th-worst team will have a 0.5 percent chance.

Here is the likelihood of each team getting the No. 1 pick:

Team 1: 25.0%.
Team 2 :18.8%.
Team 3: 14.2%.
Team 4: 10.7%.
Team 5: 8.1%.
Team 6: 6.2%.
Team 7: 4.7%.
Team 8: 3.6%.
Team 9: 2.7%.
Team 10: 2.1%.
Team 11: 1.5%.
Team 12: 1.1%.
Team 13: 0.8%.
Team 14: 0.5%.

Recent overall No. 1 picks include Alex Ovechkin (Washington, 2004), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2005), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay, 2008), John Tavares (NY Islanders, 2009), Taylor Hall (Edmonton, 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton, 2011) and Nail Yakupov (Edmonton, 2012).

The Flyers will host the 2014 NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center.

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