Blackhawks Get First Overall Pick – But The NHL Continues To Award Tanking

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The Chicago Blackhawks have won the draft lottery and own the right to draft Connor Bedard – but the NHL has flaws in its system that rewards tanking. On Monday night, there weren’t many surprises when deputy commissioner Bill Daly was revealing the team’s draft positions based on the lottery that was conducted. It didn’t happen until the third pick when the Columbus Blue Jackets wound up falling down a spot to three after entering the night with the second-best odds. And there haven’t been many surprises since the NHL implemented rule changes in 2021. That year the team with the best odds at …

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