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Perhaps the biggest positive of a season-long lockout would be a the Leafs' chances in the 2013 NHL draft. If the league handles the 2013 draft lottery the same way they handled the 2005 draft lottery, the Leafs are in a very good position.
The rules of that lottery were that every team started with three balls and lost one for every playoff appearance in the past three years or No. 1 overall pick in the past four years. A team could only drop down to one ball remaining.
This time around, the Leafs are one of the teams with neither a playoff appearance nor first overall pick.
There would be seven teams with three balls heading into the lottery: Toronto, Calgary, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, Winnipeg.
It's not a sure thing that the Leafs would end up with the first overall pick, but they would have a higher shot than they usually do.