Rangers drop to nine in rigged NHL Lottery

I haven’t said anything on the new NHL Lottery format. That’s because it’s so ridiculous, I have nothing to say without expletives. 🤬

So, only this league and its idiotic TV partner could turn a simple lottery into a three ring circus. For some inexplicable reason, they decided to change the format by revealing 15 to 4 before the start of tonight’s first period of San Jose versus Vegas in Game 2 on NBC.

That in itself was and is a joke, debacle, travesty or whatever you want to feel free to add. I have no clue what the hell they are doing. Does anyone?

As usual, someone moved up that shouldn’t have. Form was holding for picks 15-12 until the Islanders wound up with their own pick dropping to 11 along with the 12 they own from Calgary for Travis Hamonic.

Once that happened, Carolina was guaranteed to move all the way up into the top three which won’t be revealed until <gasp> the second intermission. Why delay the inevitable? Never mind.

When they announced that, I knew the rest of the dominoes would fall. One by one, each team dropped down a spot including the Rangers, who went from eight to nine. I knew we had no chance of getting lucky. Why would we? The Rangers have never picked first overall. I think the league secretly hates us. Don’t tell all the haters including Devils fans whose team moved up twice including landing big fish Nico Hischier first overall in 2017.

Okay. At least the Blackhawks fell too. Talk about a undeserving team after all the success they’ve had. My favorite part was seeing the absolutely blank, unemotional looks on whoever represented the Islanders. They may as well wave goodbye to John Tavares while they’re at it for keeping Dumb and Dumber.

The worst part was when the Canadiens moved into the top three with the Coyotes and Senators slipping. Something Buffalo contributor Brian called. He’s been saying it for weeks. While Chris Wassel celebrated the Rangers and Blackhawks demise, I highly doubt he wants to see the hated Hurricanes win the Rasmus Dahlin Lottery. It would stink. Ditto for Montreal. Can you think of two more undeserving teams?

All I can say is when this rigged process is over, the Sabres better win for the sanity of the league. Stop insulting fans intelligence. I don’t expect it to go in the Sabres’ favor. Why would it? They never have any luck.

I’ll just hope I’m proven wrong following the second period. If I’m not, a lot of people are gonna be upset.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Rangers drop to nine in rigged NHL Lottery

  1. hasan4978 says:

    As far as the lottery format it’s an anti-tank lottery. Sure we benefitted last year (as did the Flyers) but I’d prefer the randomness of this lottery to the outright tanking that now exists in MLB or the NBA – though they have a similiar lottery one star player makes more of a difference there. Like you I was glad the Sabres won, they needed Dahlin like no other team in the lottery and it’s more fun when the Sabres are good as opposed to some other teams. It did suck Arizona got shafted out of the lottery again in a year they didn’t even try to tank but it is what it is.

    As far as the reveal format I agree with you 1000%, lame and pointless to have it spread out. It ramps up the tension whatever the hell that means. As if it’s really going to make people watch the first two periods of Sharks-Vegas to see the final two minutes of the lottery in the intermission.

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