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Hockey Executives and Players Express Distrust in Gary Bettman Following the Bedard Draft Lottery


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Elliot Ben Jacob
May 11, 2023  (2:58 PM)
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Allegations of NHL Draft Lottery Being Rigged

The NHL draft lottery often stirs controversy among fans, with many routinely claiming that it has been rigged or manipulated in favor of a particular team. What is surprising this time, however, is that these allegations are not merely coming from fans but also from league insiders and NHL players. They are voicing concerns about the draft lottery being "rigged," a situation that is raising eyebrows within the hockey community.

Executives and Players Question the Integrity of the Lottery

Chicago is the city at the center of the current controversy, with several executives and players suspecting that the lottery was skewed in its favor. Traditionally, players seldom comment on the draft lottery, primarily because their focus lies on current performances and immediate success. Unless a drafted player is expected to make a significant and immediate contribution, most players typically don't show much interest.

The Unusual Circumstances Surrounding this Draft

However, this particular draft is different, possibly because the top prize is the highly sought-after NHL draft phenom, Connor Bedard. Expected to transition to the NHL instantly, his potential inclusion has piqued the interest of many. Elliotte Friedman, a known sports analyst, recently discussed the unusual circumstances surrounding the draft lottery on the 32 thoughts podcast. He revealed that some insiders within the NHL are doubtful about the lottery results.

Friedman's Insights on the Growing Controversy

Friedman disclosed that a surprising number of people associated with NHL teams have approached both the media and the league to express their concerns about the lottery's integrity.
It's not uncommon for fans to react to draft lotteries with skepticism. However, when this level of suspicion emerges from players and team personnel, it's an unusual situation indeed.
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