RoyalDude wrote:Maybe you should ask the Blackhawks (Toews, Kane) or the Penguins (Malkin, Crosby, Staal, Fleury) if they feel this way, and after that the Capitals (Ovechkin)
I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of it as I think I've already done that in this thread but both the Blackhawks and Penguins have made several smart moves to get their team to where it is (or where it was when they won the Cup) - sure drafting at the top of the order helped but they also made great late round picks, great trades, signed key players in unrestricted free agency.
The Caps tanked at the right time - I don't see an Alexander Ovechkin calibre player coming down the pipe for the Oilers - and have also made some intelligent moves to add to their core. Still, they haven't made enough of them and they are not playoff contenders (and arguably never have been).
And regarding the Canucks, I don't think we picked up 3 top 5 picks in a row.
We picked in the top 3 twice in one year.
Still, the point is we did it once and it (along with other moves) revitalized the franchise. I wouldn't turn my nose up at the draft structure that allowed that, just because teams circling the drain year after year get high picks and don't turn around.
What do you want, a term limit on 1st overall?
You would see lousy management make a better effort to improve their teams on a yearly basis with more onus on winning in the now. You also wouldn't see management throwing in the towel of their struggling team half way through the season just to put themselves in position of getting that first pick. It's called quitting, geez, I wish I got rewarded for quitting things in my life.
Yeah well, the NHL can't just let its teams fold because they hired the wrong GM and didn't fire him in time. Sure it'd be great as an upper crust team to see the loser franchises "held accountable" for their terrible on ice product, but it's not going to happen.
Put it this way, if an NHL franchise folds that's 1/30 of the league gone. That's significant. If you quit everything and become a miserable failure that's 1/30 000 000 of our society down the tubes.
Anyhow, I don't see the harm in reversing the order of the draft to begin the 2nd round. I know I might be out of order regarding the first overall pick, but I think it would make things interesting if all 30 teams were rewarded just one ball each when the roll the draft lottery balls to see who picks first and so on. Why Not?
Yeah I don't have any real problem with this.. change the odds of the lottery, reverse the order in the even numbered rounds, whatever.