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A Must Win To Lose Tournament

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

While so much of the conversation on what an eventual NHL season might look like focuses on potential playoff formats for the teams at the top of the standings, those at the bottom might have a different focus. For those outside the playoff bubble, it’s all about the NHL Draft. And the eventual draft lottery. As it stands right now, it’s very possible the lottery looks different than what fans (and executivess) are currently refreshing on Tankathon.

According to an NHL source, the draft lottery format will likely be linked to whatever decisions are made regarding the schedule and playoff system. It’s still too early to get a full idea of what those solutions might look like, but a source said the league would consult with general managers and the board of governors before making a final call on any adjusted draft lottery process. Right now, the league is currently kicking around various concepts....

According to an NHL source, at least one team has submitted a lottery proposal that would include a tournament in which lottery teams play for the first-overall pick. At its face, the idea sounds radical but structured the right way this has the potential to be a real asset for the league.

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TreKronor's avatar

According to an NHL source, at least one team has submitted a lottery proposal that would include a tournament in which lottery teams play for the first-overall pick. At its face, the idea sounds radical but structured the right way this has the potential to be a real asset for the league.

Gotta be kidding me.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/25/20 at 04:05 PM ET

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Yeah let’s totally change the rules after the regular season record is established
and Detroit has clinched the lowest spot and best single-pick odds in the lottery, such as they are.

But it’s a potential attention getting gimmick so great idea.

The league has no idea when or if the next games can be played,
but why not throw another gratuitous complication into it…

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/25/20 at 04:17 PM ET

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Yes,
I thought about this after realizing that there is something like this in the KHL I believe. This could also be accomplished in a similar fashion by taking all the teams’ that are not in playoff contention records after, say, the trade deadline. If they tank purposefully, it would be detrimental. It would lead to much more interesting and intense hockey in the last part of the season.

Posted by tbuhg on 03/25/20 at 04:32 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Even in a National Crisis- Gary, Bill, and Jeremy Jacobs still find time to screw the Wings…..

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/25/20 at 04:37 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

I’m a fan of The Gold Plan (at least as something to try), but not this. And as lefty said, you can’t change the rules mid-stream. You have to do it on points percentage based on the ~70 games played. The reason the Crosby lottery included the whole league was bkz there was no season to base the odds upon. This year we have 85% of games played, so a pretty good picture of how that should go. I can understand teams that would be playoff teams being excluded from the lottery, since the playoffs happening is rather unlikely.

The only alternative I’d be open to is if all the teams that have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this year are in the lottery.  wink

Posted by Steeb on 03/25/20 at 05:18 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Even in a National Crisis- Gary, Bill, and Jeremy Jacobs still find time to screw the Wings…..

Yep. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 03/25/20 at 08:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

So it would be something like a “relegation tournament” of a sort?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 03/25/20 at 09:29 PM ET

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“This is going to screw up our lottery spot, isn’t it?”
-Me, the day the season got suspended

Posted by EthrDemon on 03/26/20 at 08:14 PM ET

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