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The “Unworthy” Teams

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament?

What about the fate, primarily as applies to the draft lottery, of the Devils, Sabres, Ducks, Kings, Sharks, Senators and Red Wings, whose teams and players will be on ice — as opposed to on the ice — for perhaps as long as eight months if the 2020-21 season commences in December?

The NHL has still not announced its plan for the draft, though the almost universal pushback from general managers against holding it next month before competition resumes, likely means that it won’t take place until after the tournament.

That, among other things, would eliminate the possibility of the lottery winner also winning the Cup a couple of months later. If that is the case, there is no reason at all for the league to design the lottery so that the 31st-overall Red Wings are guaranteed either the first or second pick overall and the 30th-overall Senators are assured of picking in the top three.

Moreover, there is no reason at all to deny any of the Stigmatized Seven a shot at the No. 1 selection.

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Have three lottery picks as usual, featuring whatever roster of teams that you want: bottom 15 teams by points percentage, the bottom 23 teams (ie. the ones not getting a bye) or all 31 teams, but with conditions.

Only the bottom-7, non-playoff teams can win #1. Every other team can move up five spots if they win.

You can give any number of teams a chance to win the lottery while also making sure there is no embarrassing imagery of having a team win the first overall pick and also winning the Cup. You can also theoretically have the same movement that’s possible with a normal lottery (ie. Ottawa could win both first and second, Detroit could fall to fourth), but most importantly neither Montreal nor Chicago could get #1.

Hell, give all teams the same odds of winning and televise an old school *actual* lottery draw with 31 balls in a tumbler being pulled and announced live on TV.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/23/20 at 07:42 PM ET


Screw that,  have the lottery with the 7 teams place them by winning percentage.  Do a ball lottery, pick 1,2,3, other 4 fall in place by winning %.  Other 24 teams fall into place by winning percentage after each round so you’d rank 8 losers after round one, rank next 8 losers after round 2,then 4 losers round 3,  2 losers round 4, 1 loser in final, lastly SC winner.. So if Montreal wins the SC they pick #31….....that’ll teach them

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/23/20 at 10:17 PM ET


Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/23/20 at 10:17 PM ET

That would be the ideal situation if the draft takes place after the playoffs, but my assumption is that the draft will happen before the playoffs start, so the lottery is more likely to include more teams rather than less teams.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/24/20 at 07:24 PM ET

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