Nov 19, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>phillyjabroni</b></div><div>I think we have everything in place to run the lottery, but all the lottery teams should be able to know the range they are drafting in based on the lottery right now. If you are outside the top-3, the best you can get is 1-3 and the worst is your current position -3.
I think it makes the most sense to hold off on running the lottery until the NHL decides how the rest of the season will be played out. Games could still be played that have lottery position implications.</div></div>
For the sake of the game, something should happen soon. There are no games going on so there won't be a scoring update. Realistically speaking, if there are games again, they won't happen until mid-May in all likelihood. The gap between the 16th place team (ARI) and the 17th place team (NYR) is quite large, so the playoff teams shouldn't change whatsoever, even if the league has a couple games to end the regular season. While there may be lottery implications based on those last few games, for the most part, we'd all like to run the lottery sooner so we can get a grasp on who to look at. For example, I have the best lottery odds, but I don't want to spend time trying to make a decision on who I'd take at 4 if I'll have pick 1. Other teams feel the same way. We'd all rather know now where we're picking so we can spend our time scouting the range of players we need to scout in.
I think Sanderson is absolutely going top 10 this year. He's a physical shutdown defenseman, but still mobile and can probably chip in 30-40 points in the NHL at his peak. I agree with you that Rossi might slip due to his size, but I still think he's in the 4-7 range for most scouts. He's very strong on the puck and in the corners, which is part of why Caufield fell. Rossi doesn't have that issue, and I think it's a huge mistake to let Rossi fall past that range.
Even though they're on the same team, Quinn has only spent about half the season on a line with Rossi, IIRC. He's doing a solid job of driving play for a winger and he's also no slouch defensively. I like him a lot.
I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen with Askarov. I can see the scenario you mentioned happening, but I can also see him dropping into the mid-late teens because he's a goalie and goalies are voodoo. And as crazy as it sounds, I can see Detroit considering Askarov if they're picking at 4 and if they don't love any of the centers available, especially since a goalie of the future is a huge need and Yzerman did draft and develop Vasilevskiy. I don't think that's likely, but I also wouldn't say it's impossible.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>draft_em_sign_em_trade_em</b></div><div>Looking at the Standings this is what I'd do;
In the East no contender has played more than 70 games, but Flo, Pit, Phi, Was all have played 69 games and Car and NYI have played 68 games. You have Was V. Phi (to decide who wins the Division) and you have NYI V. Car play a double header to decide the Wild Card spot. I guess Pit V. Flo would be pointless to the Standings. Clb only makes the playoffs if the NYI lose both games.
In the West no contender has played more than 71 games; Dal, Nas, Min, Van all have played 69 games and Col and Cal have played 70 games. You have Col V. Cal (if Col wins they can leapfrog STL) for 1 game and have Min, Van and Nash all play against each other (Min V. Van, Min V. Nash, Van V. Nash) to decide the Final Standings. Pointless to force Dal to play a game, their spot will not change. Winnipeg and Cal, both holding onto playoff spots right now but both can fail to make the playoffs.
Have no travel and play the games at neutral arenas so the Playoff games can be played every night if needed.
Your Welcome Gary Bettman for doing your job.</div></div>
There's no way the league can do all neutral site playoff games. You mean to tell me that diehard fans of the teams that bought playoff ticket packages in December can't go? It also completely eliminates the regular season in gaining home ice advantage. This is not a fair way to award the trophy
Forum: NHLMar 22 at 11:44 At this point, as much as I hate to say it, it makes the most sense to shut the season down completely and not crown a champion. I hate the thought of that, but the league doesn't want there to be any major affect on the 2020-21 season. The playoffs would have to begin no later than late April to fairly award the Stanley Cup and have it not drastically alter next season. If the league were to shorten the playoffs and not finish the regular season, I feel that there would always be the asterisk next to the Cup winner for 2020 and it wouldn't be the same. I also don't think the COVID-19 situation will have any sort of practical resolution in time for the league to resume.
But for fun, let's say the season does continue. I'd have each team get to 72 games, just so they've had a couple games to get their feet back under them. I still don't like that it will effectively eliminate a lot of the bubble teams that way, so here's a solution. The playoff bubbles for each conference has three spots up for grabs. I'd rank the teams 1-11 in the conference. The top 5 in each conference have their spot secured. Then in each conference, 6 plays 11 for a spot, 7 plays 10 and 8 plays 9. It's one game, with the higher seed being the host team. All of these games are played in one day, with games staggered at the half-hour to increase viewership during intermissions (a game at 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30). After those games, the conference is re-ranked 1-8 to accommodate the changes.
Now that we have 8 teams per conference, the matchups are based on conference seeding (1 plays 8, 2 plays 7, 3 plays 6, 4 plays 5). The first two rounds are a best of five, under the 2-2-1 format. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals are a 2-3-2 format instead of a 2-2-1-1-1 in order to reduce travel time and have faster series. Depending on when the league started back up, they could even do back-to-backs in the first round or two, but it's best to avoid that).
In terms of the offseason schedule, the draft would occur no more than a week after the end of the playoffs. The UFA period would open a short time afterward, and I imagine free agency would move fairly quickly as players will want to get situated into their new homes quickly. The biggest downfall to this is that it leaves a limited amount of time for teams to negotiate extensions with their own UFAs, especially ones acquired at the deadline. The 2020-21 season would start in mid-late October
I view this as the fairest way to award the Cup provided the season starts back up. Of course it's not an ideal situation but it would award the Stanley Cup, make up for a lot of the hockey related revenue the league is losing right now, make the fans incredibly happy, and would still proceed with the offseason in an almost normal manner, just sped up.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>KakkoForMauriceRichardAward</b></div><div>Meh... I know Samsonov will only get better and that McMichael will be a star, but Johansen isn't looking like an elite prospects anymore and of course Ovi and Backstrom will start declining in 2 years.
IMO, and I know I'll sound crazy for saying it, but I mean it, they should move Kuznetsov after next season for an A prospect, two first rounders and a good roster player, like a 2nd liner...
Lineup in 21-22:
Player they get in the trade-Eller-Panik
Everything would have to fall into place for a move like that to go down. The Caps would have to be absolutely sold on McMichael being high end 2C if they want to win another with Ovechkin, especially since he wouldn't respond very well to Kuznetsov being dealt. The pieces coming back would also have to be phenomenal, and I don't see us being able to get a package like that for someone with such known defensive issues. Plus when Backstrom retires, we'll need a 1C to take his spot. I'm not sold on McMichael being a 1C, but Kuznetsov and McMichael could be a decent 1-2 down the road. I think most importantly, we just hit on our first round picks. No more Lucas Johansens. I'd like to see us get someone like Braden Schneider or Helge Grans in the first round this year to take a top four spot on the right side down the road. As long as we can get a top nine forward or top four defenseman with a first round pick, we can avoid a long rebuild process post Ovechkin.