With a loss on Saturday in Cape Breton, the Sea Dogs officially finished last overall in the 18-team Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Unlike past seasons when the Sea Dogs missed the post-season, there will be an actual lottery rather than a coin flip or 50/50 odds.
Under the new system, which began last year, the 18th place team will have nine chances of winning the first overall pick, 17th place will have six, 16th will have three, 15th will have two and 14th will have one.
Previously, only the bottom two teams had a chance at landing the first pick. Saint John won every time they took part in that format.
The move was made to reduce teams tanking. It certainly worked as the last-place Moncton Wildcats, who tanked, ended up picking third last year while the 16th-place Rimouski Oceanic picked first.
The draft lottery will be held around the first week of April, so the Sea Dogs will know where they are picking soon.
Saint John also owns Gatineau's first round pick in this year's draft, which will be eighth.
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