|Written by Charlie Brown|
Bet on the NHLNHL wagering on the 2016 draft lottery is different after the league changed the weighting of the odds and decided that three drawings would be held as opposed to just one. In the not so distant past teams could fall no further than one spot below the draft slot dictated by their record. The Edmonton Oilers won the lottery again last year, relegating the last-place Sabres to the second overall pick. Meanwhile, teams have two more chances to move up in the draft.
This year, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have the best odds at getting the number one overall draft pick, but if they were to lose the lottery for that pick, they could fall as far back as fourth in the draft slotting. Such backtracking could cost them Auston Matthews – who NHL wagering experts agree will be the number one pick – or either of Finnish scoring sensations Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi – interchangeably predicted to be number 2 and number 3 for 2016. A higher draft pick is always desirable, but this is one year where landing a top 3 pick could help a team get a potentially franchise-saving prospect.
2016 NHL DRAFT LOTTERY HOCKEY BETTING ODDS
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The Oilers have won four of the last six lottery drawings, so Edmonton shouldn’t be counted out just because they got Connor McDavid last year. The second best NHL wagering odds in could be their sweet spot again. The Maple Leafs tanked this season – not necessarily true from a players perspective, but the number of trades they had to make this year didn't give Mike Babcock a roster that he could really work with. Now they have a chance to add the top pick to their process of reconstruction, as long as the lottery balls bounce their way. They went for a near complete overhaul and now they're hoping to continue building back up and adding to an already-growing prospect roster. It has been necessary pain for long-term gain in Toronto. Undoubtedly, the Arizona Coyotes will be looking to have luck on their side as well. They have developed a really strong prospect pool already with a number of high-end forwards, but it would be a marketing dream to get Matthews, a native of Scottsdale who fell in love with hockey at Coyotes games. Landing such a player could speed up their rebuild process by a few years, but their chances of jumping to No. 1 are slim with only 6.5% hockey betting odds of landing the top pick and hometown boy.