It’s not every day you hear of a sports franchise winning the lottery. I mean, they typically have enough money as it is.
Ah, but this was no ordinary lottery. In reasons that are really sad (which I will get to in a moment), the NHL holds a draft lottery in which the teams that don’t make the playoffs are ranked from lowest to highest, with the lowest (Edmonton) having the best shot at winning.
If a team wins, they can – at most – move up four positions in the NHL Entry Draft. In this case, the Devils had less than a 4% chance of winning, and they did.
Side note: See! All you conspiracy theorists that think the NHL is just out to get the Devils. Obviously the NHL isn’t out to get us, we won their own lottery! But I suppose that might just be to try and throw us off their trail…
So here’s what this means. The Devils were, because of their placement in the standings, slated to get the number eight seed in the Entry Draft, but by winning the lottery they can move up the max four positions, placing them fourth in the Draft.
So why is this done? The logic as I understand it is that this will help prevent teams from sucking on purpose just to get the number one draft pick.
Anyone who watched the Devils the first half of the season can tell you we were not sucking on purpose. We legitimately sucked. But alas, we started to win games once again and thus moved us from being the worst team in the NHL to the eighth worst team in the NHL.
Now if only we can eliminate the trapezoid behind the net will I officially stop believing in the conspiracy the NHL has against the Devils.