So the real problem the Devils have is people want these draft tickets whereas the NBA and MLB drafts nobody cares about so you can walk right in? You can see where the difference is between getting something nobody cares about and getting something that people are seeking.
I mean come on, you said, "for the sake of pleasing people for no reason". The Devils and/or NHL are now jerks for trying to please customers.
I think this is definitely boiling down to that you're not pleased you may not get tickets, which you might not be able to do under any system you've suggested. I haven't seen a solution that helps out the fact that there is limited space compared to the number of people that want tickets.
I rarely hear a consumer complain a company is doing something for free.
I'm mad because ther'es no way I could get them even if I wanted to. I could more easily get tickets to Bruce Springsteen's last concert ever in the Meadowlands than this