by Patrick Hoffman on 08/24/11 at 10:00 AM ET
As we all know by now, last week, the NHL held its 2011 RDO camp in Toronto. At the camp, potential rule changes were discussed/demonstrated and members of the league’s brass all had opinions about it.
Stopping by here today to discuss what went on at the camp is Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice. Terry was lucky enough to be at the camp last week and was kind enough to share his thoughts on it:
PH: Going into the 2011 RDO camp, what were you most looking forward to seeing? Why?
TM: I really wanted to see and hear what hockey people thought about possible changes to overtime…in order to eventually do away with the shootout. 4-on-4 for 4 minutes…and then 3-on-3 for three minutes is a great idea…and it seemed to have a lot of support.
PH: Which potential rule changes that were experimented with do you think could be implemented into the NHL in the near future? Why?
TM: The shallower net and the green verification line could be incorporated very soon. In fact…I think both could be on-line by the 2012-2013 season.
PH: Which potential rule changes that were experimented with do you think will not even be considered by the NHL GM’s? Why?
TM: Unfortunately for this this former defenceman I think the Hybrid Icing won’t be adopted because the race for the puck on an icing is seen as an exciting part of the game. Never mind about the potential for career-ending injuries. I also doubt the Bear Hug rule will see the light of day as well.
PH: What was it like to see potential NHL draftees of the 2012 class? Did anyone really impress you?
TM: There’s a Russian kid playing forward for Sarnia in the Ontario Hockey League…Nail Yakupov….who caught everyone’s attention. Fast…skilled and smart. He’s a little on the small side…but that’s what everyone said about Marty St.Louis. This kid was the CHL Rookie-of-the Year last season…and is going to get a lot of attention this coming campaign.
Also liked goalie Malcolm Subban. He’s P.K.‘s younger brother…and should give Belleville some solid goaltending this season.
PH: Overall, how do you think the RDO camp helps/benefits the NHL?
TM: Being pro-active about looking at ways to improve the game can never be a bad thing….period. Adapt…improve or die.
PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
TM: Summer is a great time to relax and re-charge the batteries…but like most hockey fans we’re starting to get the itch for on-ice action to start up again. Training camp is just around the corner…and just like you….we can’t wait to get going again.
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