Pre-Season should do nothing to sway opinions on power rankings, unless of course it involves injuries. After our first Power Rankings came out before preseason started [link here], we've decided to throw another list out there. After all, you can't get enough of football this time of year.
This year’s changes solely address
odds of winning the first overall selection for the 14 teams that don’t
make the playoffs. The overall bottom five teams will
each see their odds of securing the top prize drop, and teams placing 14th
overall through 25th each see the same
odds rise. From NHL.com, here is the full set of odds changes:
The second set of changes applies to
2016’s Draft and further equalizes chances of winning a top three pick.
Beginning with 2016’s Draft lottery, there will be three draws to determine who selects in each
Under the current lottery format,
the 30th-placed team receives no worse than the second overall selection, if a team higher in the standings is awarded the first
overall pick. This situation has happened each of the last two seasons. The Florida
Panthers received the first overall selection this year despite the Buffalo
Sabres placing below them in the standings, and in 2013, the Colorado Avalanche
were awarded Nathan MacKinnon despite Florida finishing below them. With the
changes beginning in 2016, it is feasible that the NHL's last place team could lose
each of the drawings and receive the fourth overall selection.
So, in effect, the NHL is taking two
fairly significant strides to balance the draft lottery between the basement
dwellers and the teams that miss the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.
No matter your opinion on the changes, we can all agree that it’s just a little
suspicious that the league has announced these changes for such a banner draft
Remember Eric Bledsoe? The Phoenix Suns' star guard is one of the last remaining big-name free agents still available on the market, but we've heard very little regarding a potential resolution to his current contract predicament.
Despite drafting Trey Burke and Dante Exum in consecutive drafts, the Utah Jazz may be looking to add another point guard to their roster. According to rumor, Toure' Murry, the 24 year old guard out of Wichita State is close to signing with the Jazz.