How does the NHL draft work? I’ll let Yahoo Answers explain:
“After the end of each NHL season whatever teamed amassed the least amount of points/wins means they are the worst team. But that still doesn’t mean they automatically get the first pick in the draft. There is a draft lottery (almost like a real lottery) where they pick out a random number. The worst team gets 48% chance of winning the first overall pick 2nd worst team has an 18% chance and so on. And usually most teams don’t try to lose because they like to show fans appreciation for sticking with them through the year.”
What that means is, even if Montreal loses to Toronto tonight (which I hope isn’t the case), and then their last 16 after that (which I also hope isn’t the case), it still doesn’t guarantee that they’d have Nail Yakupov in the uniform next year, or even the next guy or the next guy after him. But it also means that if they finish 5th from the bottom, for example, they still still have a shot at a guy like Yakupov. Although the odds are much less.
At least I think this is how it works. If I’m wrong, feel free to correct me. I’d appreciate it.