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Buffalo Sabres’ 2015 NHL Draft Lottery Odds Secure as Lottery Changes Won’t Come Before Then

June 15th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Any changes to the NHL draft lottery – and to the Buffalo Sabres' chances of winning the Connor McDavid sweepstakes – won't happen for at least another year.

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The NHL's general managers brought the issue up during this past week's GM meetings in New York. They considered changes to the lottery to avoid situations like what happened with the Edmonton Oilers, who got three straight first overall picks from 2010-12.

In the end, no changes were made, at least for next year. But ideas on the table including banning a team from winning the lottery twice in a row, altering teams' odds and expanding the lottery to allow for multiple picks to be determined by a lottery system.

"That came up, too, about changing the draft lottery system, which we are going to do," Sabres General Manager Tim Murray told ESPN. "But certainly, I said it should be – I said five years out, so you don't know who's getting punished. It might be two years out, three years, but that was a little concern of mine that I feel a little bit better about today."

The Sabres finished last in the NHL in 2013-14 but lost the lottery to the Florida Panthers and will therefore draft second later this month. They hold three first-round picks next season – their own and those coming from the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. Buffalo doesn't figure to improve much upon its record next season, so with the Islanders' pick they hope to have two lottery entries come a year from now.

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