There is alot of talk about the NHL making the first pick available potentially to every team via a lottery.IMO the discussion surrounding this seems to be based on some misunderstanding.I would like to bring some clarification to this issue especially in noting the difference between "draft order" and "lottery". Draft order is traditonally based on the previous years standings with the last team going first and the first team going last ,etc.The purpose is to help the weaker teams become more competitve. The lottery was added so that teams couldn't absolutely ensure first pick overall by throwing the season. In the current rumours we are hearing the topic is stictly about all teams getting a shot at first pick.There is no suggestion that this will determine the order throughout the entire draft and really that would be a pretty ridiculous notion. So getting back to the basic premises of "draft order" and "lottery" it really stretches the imagination to see how it could be fair that a team such as Detroit could have a shot at #1 pick.The proper principal will remain for the draft order but there will be "disconnect" when it comes to the lottery. If this were a normal draft year these rumours and discussions wouldn't even be taking place.