The NHL changed their draft lottery rules with the new CBA, and with talk of tanking (sadly) already popping up, I thought this would be a good chance to make sure everyone understands just how the new lottery rules would affect the Buffalo Sabres 2013 draft.

The biggest change for the upcoming draft is that every non-playoff team will have a chance to land the #1 overall pick. Gone is the move-4 rule and the limitation of the top pick going to just the five worst teams. Now, any team finishing #9-15 in the conference will have a chance to move up to #1.

However, that doesn't mean that the Sabres of last season would have had just as good a chance of landing #1 as Edmonton or Montreal - the system will be weighted so that the worst teams will still have the best chance to pick first, but it's still a significant change.