National Hockey League unveils complicated new 2020 draft lottery format and odds | Offside

National Hockey League unveils complicated new 2020 draft lottery format and odds | Offside

He stated that he believes the format will satisfy the most important issue in the context of strictly the National Hockey League, which is that it will do justice by the history and tradition of the sport.

Daly said Wednesday that while he wants to "make sure that our Canadian cities and our Canadian clubs are well-represented", Canada's current federally-mandated 14-day quarantine period for all incoming travellers presents a significant challenge and could hinder the league's ability to play games north of the border when the league resumes.

Coinciding with the qualifying round, the top four teams in each conference will play a round robin to determine seeding.

Under the 24-team plan, Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia would compete for the No. 1 slot in the East in a round-robin tournament, while defending Cup champion St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas would do the same out West. That means that Alexander Ovechkin and David Pastrnak will split the Rocket Richard Trophy, while Leon Draisaitl will win his first Art Ross Trophy with the league's highest point total.

Moving beyond the play-in round and round-robin tournament, Bettman confirmed the league is now still deciding whether or not the first and second rounds will be a best-of-five or best-of-seven.

Bettman laid out a general framework of the NHL's plan, though many dates, locations and formats have yet to be finalized as the league takes a wait-and-see approach amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gary Bettman

As part of this phase, teams would open their facilities for optional small workouts of up to six players on and off the ice, with no coaches. Targeted for early June. Teams at some point would likely hold three-week re-training camps.

The first lottery will determined No. 1, the second to decide No. 2 and the third for the No. 3 pick.

Phase 4: Return to play. "And is that a place where we can keep the players and the club staff and league staff all safe in a bubble-type environment", he said. "We are well positioned to select some of the most exciting young players in what is widely perceived to be one of the deepest drafts in years", said Melnyk in a statement.

He said there are now 10 cities in the running for the two hub cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They will be placed in the draft lottery, which will also include the eight teams that are eliminated during the best-of-five qualifying round for the playoffs.

If the three draws are won by teams that are not taking place in the play-in round, there will be no need for a second phase of the lottery. "Any plan for the resumption of play, by definition, can not be ideal. but we believe we have constructed an overall plan that includes all teams that as a practical matter, might have had a chance (at) qualifying for the playoffs when the season was paused".

They anticipate it will take a little over a month to get to the Stanley Cup Finals where a best-of-seven series will be played in one of the two hub cities.

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