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Report: NHL pondering more draft lottery changes


The NHL is considering more changes to the draft lottery, according to the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Click on the link to read all the details, but basically the league is pondering an expansion of the lottery, where instead of just the first overall pick being decided that way, it could be the top three, or even top five.

The NHL may also use a “rolling” five-year period to determine the lottery odds, as a way to diminish teams’ incentive to field less competitive rosters during seasons when potential franchise-altering draftees (like, say, Connor McDavid and/or Jack Eichel) are available.

Writes Friedman:

No one wanted to use the word “tanking.” But there is concern about how competitive things will be with McDavid and Eichel available next summer. If you’re an owner or a general manager, would the adoption of this policy change the way you approach the 2014-15 season?

The list of first overall picks in the last 10 years includes Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares.

Related: Burke on why the Penguins are a good team: “They won a goddamn lottery”

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?