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Report: NHL considering changes to draft lottery; Sabres' rebuild plan could take hit

By John Vogl

Fans who’ve been picturing the Sabres picking first in the 2015 NHL draft may need to alter their thinking. The league is considering changes to the draft lottery, according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.”

He reported Monday that the first three or five picks may be subject to the lottery system. As it stands now, the team that finishes 30th selects no worse than second. Under the new proposal, the last-place squad could draft as low as sixth.

Friedman wrote that the lottery odds could change, too. Rather than giving the season’s worst team the best chance at selecting first, the NHL could base the odds on the results of the previous five seasons combined. Details are still being discussed, according to the report.

The league is sensitive to teams trying to play poorly on purpose next season because the top draft-eligible prospects for 2015, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have franchise-altering talent.

The Sabres' plan is to rebuild through selecting at the top of the draft.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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