Murray weighs in on NHL draft lottery changes

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray admitted, the proposed changes to the NHL draft lottery system are not ideal for the Sabres next year.

Murray said today at the NHL Draft, he believes the odds for the worst team to land the top pick will decrease from 25% to 19% or 20% next year. In 2016, the lottery would expand from just the top overall pick to the top three picks.

“Greedily, I’m upset because I think we have more of a chance of next season being one of the lower teams, which I don’t like, but I think that’s just reality and I look at it that way,” said Murray.

Murray said he hoped the changes would not take effect for another three to five years, but that was not the case.

“If it’s three years out… I don’t care, I don’t plan on being involved in the top pick,” said Murray.

The changes still have to be approved by the NHL Players Association in order to go into effect for 2015. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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