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Board of Governors discuss tweaking draft lottery, embellishment

Jun 26, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

The NHL’s Board of Governors met on Thursday, and while they discussed matters big and small, they’ll need to hear the NHLPA out before making any significant changes.

Maybe the most important – or at least most timely – issue was tweaking the draft lottery to discourage “tanking.” Here’s an explanation regarding how the league would do so, via TSN’s Pierre LeBrun:

The league has proposed smoothing or compressing the odds among the 14 non-playoff teams for the 2015 draft and then increasing the number of selections determined by the lottery in 2016.

That last part might be the most important piece of information, but teams shouldn’t go all-not-in to win Connor McDavid just yet, as it sounds like there’s a chance the changes could be implemented by 2015:

Either way, the alterations would need to pass the NHLPA’s vote, so it’s too early to get hyped up about that. Sportsnet’s Damien Cox points out some other changes that needed union approval before going through, including the curious continued fixation on spin-o-ramas in shootouts:

It sounds like several notions were approved, though:

No word on the five other minor tweaks, but we’ll pass any news along if it surfaces.

  1. zetaone - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Sure let Pittsburgh, Chicago and Edmonton cash in on being horrible for many years in a row, but when it’s time for my Sabres to be the worst team in the league for a few years in a row, they screw with the lottery every year to make it harder to get top picks..

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Nobody said it’d be easy to be a Sabres fan.

      • cordellanderson - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Nobody said it’s fun being an Edmonton fan

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      True to a point but teams like the Sabres, Flames, and Panthers made it very obvious its a flawed system.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        What are you talking about? The Flames set an nhl record for most 1 goal games and rarely got blown out, they were a very competitive team (and much more fun to watch than in previous years) they just didn’t have as much skill as most of the other teams they played. If you think the Flames were tanking then you’re flat out wrong. Btw this is the first time the Flames have EVER picked in the top 5 while they’ve been in Calgary…yep they’re making a mockery of the system.

    • billsin20xx - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Maybe it would work in our favor, i.e. even if the Isles aren’t the worse team in the league they will be in the bottom 5 so we’d have a better chance of them getting the 1st pick…

      • valoisvipers - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Ah but that first round pick belongs to Buffalo via the Vanek deal.

    • roblo76 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Edmonton still is horrible.

    • c9castine - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      wahh….maybe they should have just never changed it at all eh? just let teams tank for the 1st overall pick, cause we dont want poor buffalo to have to pick 2nd….

      • thomasvanek - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        The whole point of the system that we have now is so that the bad teams get the good picks so that they don’t have to be bad forever. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

  2. bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I am fine with the long change in ot. If you are going to expand the trapezoid just get rid of it all together. I have never been a fan of that hideous thing. We can all thank Brodeur for that. While tweaking or changing the game lets get rid of the puck over the glass a.k.a. the Chelios rule. It just creates something out of nothing and gives way to more offense. I for 1 can really enjoy a good hard hitting 1-0 game instead of a 6-4 or anyother score game. Too many goals make the game seem fake. Especially if they are all on pp goals caused by stupid rules like the over the glass or outside the trapezoid.

    it would be nice to see a team that would pick 10-14 get the 1st pick. But then if it was Chicago or Pittsburgh people would be screaming FIX.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I don’t care if it’s 1-0 or 6-5, as long as it’s not dead puck.

      The best example of this was that first overtime in the middle of the Hawks-Kings series, where it was end-to-end, back and forth. May have been the best, most evenly balanced period between two great teams I’ve seen all year, and not a goal was scored.

      However, it’s the Dead Puck style, the obstruction, the five men in the neutral zone, turtling in front of the goalie in hopes for a breakaway from a blocked shot, that is terrible for the game.

      • bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        could not agree with you more. good call. I was talking more about the games where its pp goal after pp goal and the score is either 6-4 or really lopsided. I like 5 on 5 play and good action. the mid to late 90’s were terrible with the clutch and grab thanks to the devils trap defense. I like good fast paced hockey and can appreciate any score if its done at even strength or a just penalty.

      • c9castine - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        yeah, so basically the way NY plays.

        its painful to watch, even more painful to get beat by it.

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Puck over glass should equal icing at the worst. No change for the offending team, face-off in their own zone. That’s it.

      • bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        thank you. people DO understand!!!!

      • oldfatbaldguy - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I don’t mind the rule as it is — yeah, it’s usually an accident, but so is tripping. The icing idea is fine, though, as long as there’s some downside to keep it from being a cheap way to relieve pressure.

  3. letsgolightning - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    This is a fresh idea in my mind, so I’m sure there will be some issues with this, but how about this:

    Currently, the “top 14” draft picks are seeded based on the inverse order at the end of the regular season. This allows teams to start tanking once it’s clear they’re missing the playoffs. In some cases, this is relatively early in the season, as with Buffalo this past season.

    What if, in place of this, that positioning froze as of the time the first team clinched a playoff spot. Theoretically at this point, there are still 15 playoff spots up for grabs and every other team is free to play hard for the remainder of the season without worry of ruining their own future.

    The Sabres can play hard to try to ruin the Pens chances, the Oilers can play hard to mess with the Kings, etc… I feel like this would put a better product out their with the lower teams for the last quarter of the season. Obviously, the 14 teams which end up missing the playoffs will still get the top 14 picks, but in relation to each other.

    Like I said, I’m sure there’s some major hole in this logic, so I won’t be surprised if I get chewed out for this. But the NHL has been pretty good with original ideas, so I wouldn’t mind seeing something like this.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      I like it! And I’m a Buffalo fan.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      I like the idea. It is “fresh” and I think it’s a good base to work from. But I don’t think I understand your statement: “Obviously, the 14 teams which end up missing the playoffs will still get the top 14 picks, but in relation to each other.” Because a team that is out of a playoff spot at the time of the first clinch still could make the playoffs — so you could have a playoff team still pick in the top 14. But anything that would discourage tanking I’m for.

      • letsgolightning - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Yeah, it was kinda hard to put what I meant into words. What I mean is if you’re lower at “clinch day” but end up moving into a playoff spot, you would get seeded like any other team that made the playoffs.

        However (as an extreme meltdown example), if you’re #2 overall on “clinch day” (#1 having already clinched a playoff spot) but fall out of a playoff spot, you would end up with the 14th pick, since you had the highest position relative to every other team which missed the playoffs.

  4. capsrockva - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    The regular season already has an OT period, unless they’re talking about doing away w/ the shoot out, which I personally love to watch.

    • bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      as it stands right now the 3rd period and ot are played in the same zones. the 2nd period always has the long change and they are making the ot period before the shootout go with a long change now. makes it harder to change lines and creates more scoring chances hopefully limiting the shootout. I am a Blues fan (which Oshie almost single handedly won a lot of our s/o’s and we had a great record in those) and I like this rule change. I hate the gimmicky s/o. If it cannot happen in the playoffs it should not happen in the regular season. I was fine with a tie game. It sucked but it was always a team effort. then they try to change the pt system and then a stupid s/o. blah blah blah

  5. AppealToReason - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I could see why, if this actually worked. But the lottery has been around for ages and only 2 teams have done anything with it.

    As for embellishment, I wonder if the issue is players diving, or the fact that when a guy is performing the act of a penalty, if you don’t make it blatantly obvious you’ll only get the call like 20% of the time.

  6. letsgolightning - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the lottery being expanded past the first pick, maybe to the top 3 at first. Still keep the odds low for the “better” teams, but let them have more shots at a higher pick – another good way to keep out tanking.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    You want to avoid tanking then why not just have the bottom 5 or 6 enter the lottery 1 ball each and it’s the order they come out in? The odds are 1 in 6 for each of the teams to pick first or sixth.

  8. comeonnowguys - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Embellishing is a lot like fighting in the sense that if you want to effectively remove it, you have to remove the reasons for it.

    In this case, start calling the game more consistently–things that are penalties in the first period should be penalties in the third.

    You start trying to chase the symptoms, you’ll never cure the problem.

  9. mnwildfan15 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Get rid of the stupid trapezoid let the goalies play the puck more. And why the hell would you ban the spinorama that’s just asinine.

    • oldfatbaldguy - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      I’m opposed to banning the spinorama in shootouts because shootouts are ridiculous and anything that emphasizes their ridiculousness is a good thing.

  10. thesportsjudge - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    An absolutely HUGE part of the embellishing “epidemic”(not really, but “problem” didn’t seem strong enough) is the refs not enforcing it. The root of the problem is in the NHL and its offices. Be strict on the officials.

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