Teams with the least points get more chances at winning the Lottery
The 1st overall pick is awarded by a drawing of ping pong balls. A team can only jump ten spots, so only the top 11 teams are eligible for the 1st pick. If a team in the 12-16 range wins the first drawing, the first pick will be awarded to the worst team. The 12-16 seed team that won the first drawing is also locked into their new position.
A second drawing is held to determine the other lottery winner. Like the first drawing, the second winner can only jump ten spots, but this time it is using the re-seeded order following the first drawing. This second drawing will not affect the team(s) with locked-in positions from the first drawing. If a ten spot jump is to a pick that is already locked-in, this team will receive the next available pick.
Teams are only allowed to improve their positioning via the Lottery twice in a five year period (beginning with the 2022 Lottery).
Ties are broken by teams' total number of regulation wins (RW), regulation and non-shootout overtime wins (ROW), and then head-to-head if still tied
Playoff teams that did not win their divisions and did not make the conference finals, sorted by points, are assigned the next picks
Playoff teams that won their divisions and did not make the conference finals, sorted by points, are assigned the next picks
Conference finals losers sorted by points are assigned picks 29 and 30
Stanley Cup runner-up is assigned pick 31
Stanley Cup champion is assigned pick 32
Note: This site uses points percentage instead of points to account for different number of games played between teams