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Tank Watch 2016: All Canadian teams join the tank

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We check up on the draft standings three weeks later. One thing remains the same: Columbus is bad.

WINDSOR, ON - DECEMBER 28: Forward Cole Carter #26 of the Windsor Spitfires battles for the puck against forward Jakob Chychrun #5 of the Sarnia Sting on December 28, 2015 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
WINDSOR, ON - DECEMBER 28: Forward Cole Carter #26 of the Windsor Spitfires battles for the puck against forward Jakob Chychrun #5 of the Sarnia Sting on December 28, 2015 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
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As we approach the NHL All Star Game we should review the standings for the NHL draft. These are not the standings I wanted to watch right now coming into the season, but it's where we are, and it's what we'll do.

Click here for the previous tank watch post from January 11.

Team Points Games
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% at 1st +/-
Minnesota Wild 55 33 1.0% NR
New Jersey Devils 55 32 2.0% NR
Carolina Hurricanes 54 31 2.5% +3
Montreal Canadiens 52 32 3.0% NR
Ottawa Senators 52 32 3.5% -3
Anaheim Ducks 51 35 5.0% -1
Vancouver Canucks 51 32 6.0% NR
Philadelphia Flyers 50 35 6.5% -3
Winnipeg Jets* 47 33 7.5% -1
Calgary Flames 45 34 8.5% NC
Buffalo Sabres 44 32 9.5% +2
Toronto Maple Leafs 43 34 11.5% -1
Edmonton Oilers 43 32 13.5% -1
Columbus Blue Jackets 43 31 20% NC


The bottom four is made up of the same teams from the last time we checked in, but Buffalo is climbing out. Calgary as well not moving from it's spot. Philadelphia, Anaheim, Winnipeg, and Ottawa dropped in the standings, but improved their odds. Carolina climbed up the standings, and made their odds worse.

Tampa Bay, Colorado, Pittsburgh and San Jose are all off the chart as they move into their respective playoff seeding, and Vancouver, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Montreal take their spots. Vancouver is the lowest ranked team that can leave this list, as they are only 2 points out of a Pacific division spot..

This is also the first lottery with all Canadian teams involved since the 2005 draft lottery, after all 30 NHL teams voted to CANCEL AN ENTIRE SEASON. But I'm not holding onto anger about that. Montreal had the highest draft pick that year and chose Carey Price 5th overall. Not a bad consolation prize for losing out on Crosby. Oddly enough the Maple Leafs drafted 21st overall and chose Andrew Raycroft.

Reminder: We want the Penguins to make the playoffs, as the Leafs get their first rounder if they do. If not it's bumped to 2017.

Here are you simulated lottery results, from NHLLotterySimulator.com

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