theminister Posted March 25, 2015 Share Posted March 25, 2015 The following suggestion is an idea that I've been kicking around to ensure the NHL Draft Lottery is not only better for the long term health of fairness/parity in the NHL but also combines superior optics and creates a revenue generating TV spectacle. I want to begin by stating that this is a comprehensive idea that is unlike, IMHO, many of the more basic suggestions to tweak the system. Instead, this combines many elements suggested from previous fans that I have heard while adding an important component that creates both intrigue and options for fluidity for NHL GMs. I will attempt to be brief by posting in bullet form, to avoid too much text, but will be happy to answer any questions or further explain my rationale behind the concept. Basics: - Begin by making the Lottery even odds for all non-playoff teams regardless of the regular season record. - Make the Lottery a TV event that can encompass 2 or more hours similar to the draft. - Hold the Lottery immediately following the SCF ( the reasons for this will be described below) rather than after the end of the regular season - the Lottery is solely for the 1st overall pick Concept: - Make the Lottery a Live ball draw with balls from every participating team. - Instead of a single draw make the Lottery winner be the first team to draw 3 balls but place 6 balls per team in the machine (14 teams x 6 balls = 84 balls…. 90 or 96 depending on expansion) - Draw three balls immediately but wait for a period of 10 minutes between subsequent draws to allow teams to consider their new odds. (After every ball is drawn the odds would naturally change) - Allow teams to make trades with other teams based off of their newly increased or decreased odds. - Allow teams to trade for balls from other teams, at any time after during the lottery or leading up to it after the end of the regular season, including all NHL teams that qualified for the playoffs - Teams can trade for Unselected Balls or already Selected Balls - Each team begins with a 1/14 chance of winning, 7.1%, but that can increase or decrease as the day goes on Results: - In this way we create a media spectacle that would last for a long period of time, potentially, and would be great live TV (I would watch). - It would be a money generating event for the NHL. - It would allow coverage and speculating that would combine elements of the draft floor with ever changing calculated odds, not unlike a poker tournament. - It would provide clarity for the process of the Draft Lottery for the fans - This would help create roster fluidity in the cap era NHL. - There would be ZERO incentive for tanking Possible Scenario ( to understand how it might work): - The first three balls out of the machine are Edm, Ari, Tor (each team now only has 5 balls left out of 81 remaining… now only a 6.1% chance of the next ball being drawn is theirs, as opposed to the remaining teams which see their odds increase to 6/81 or 7.4%.) - Car is the next ball drawn. No trade movement on the lottery floor but lots of speculation. - Dal is the next ball followed then by a Phi ball. Still more chatter regarding deals but teams are reluctant. - Tor is the next ball giving them two… and the parade starts on Yonge St. - Just before the next draw the NHL announces a deal whereby Clb trades an Unselected Ball (UB) to Buf for a 4th round pick. - The next ball is Edm who now have two balls. - Lots of speculation that the Oilers are trying to trade for the last ball but the price is too high as teams with Selected Balls (SB) are asking for Jordan Eberle and Darnell Nurse. - Next ball is Buf… they now match Tor and Edm with two SB…. one away from winning… the suspense!!! - We are now 1 hour into the event. - Huge deal on the floor…. Col acquires two UB from Fla for a prospect. Fla now has 8 UB in the machine. - Clb shocks the floor by having the next two balls selected be theirs despite only having had 5 UB remaining after dealing one to Buf previously in the day. - NJ sensing that they are completely out of this race is phoning hard all over the floor trying to trade their lottery balls. The price to a team with two balls is extremely high as it ensures a winner but they are willing to deal their other balls to teams with fewer for a lesser cost. they are trying hard to make a deal with SJ for two balls but SJ doesn't feel they have the system depth to make a deal. NJ ends up moving a single UB to Phi for a 3rd and a 4th round pick and another one to Car for a prospect and a low pick. - With this Phi is the next ball drawn. They now have two SB and the tension is building around the arena. - NJ is the next ball drawn which shocks the floor. - After much chatter it appears that NJ is trading their single SB to in the next few minutes before the next draw…. - The NHL announces that NJ trades it's SB to Clb for Wennberg, Bjorkstrand, Savard and a 3rd. - Clb wins the draft Lottery with the only SB traded of the day. Total time 1 hour and 50 minutes. - Tor, Edm, Phi, Buf fans cry themselves too sleep from being so close to the winner but come up empty. Thoughts?!? Would you watch that? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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