How to make the 2020 NHL Entry Draft work


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The first and most obvious obstacle is the draft position. If the repechage takes place before a restarted season, the first indications are that the NHL would rank its teams according to their percentage of points at the time of the break. This means that the top eight teams from each conference would be eligible to win the draw. But what if the season starts again and / or it is determined that the playoffs should be extended? In theory, a team like the Blue Jackets could win both the draw and the Stanley Cup. This concern was expressed to the NHL when it called this week. The possibility is slim, but it is a possibility that should be worrying enough.

This concern can be mitigated in several ways. The one mentioned by Bettman reinstalls restrictions on the draw, in which teams can only move a few places above their ranking if they win it, rather than having a chance to move into the top three . These restrictions were originally lifted to make it more difficult for teams in this tank. Maybe the Detroit Red Wings this season convinced Bettman that it didn’t work anyway.

Another way would be to simply end the regular season with where things are at break – which is a good idea for other reasons – and then declare which teams are in or out of the playoffs, thereby removing them from the lottery. Another way: the NHL ends its regular season with a summer restart and keeps the draft away before these games and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A source tells me that this is a consideration the league is considering.

Again: it is absolutely essential that we know who is in and out of the playoffs before the draft, not only for the lottery, but also to calm the chaos of conditional draft choices.

The condition on the first round choice involved in the Blake Coleman trade is still not resolved until the elimination field is determined. Mark LoMoglio / Icon Sportswire

Blake Coleman’s business is a good example. The New Jersey Devils acquired the Vancouver Canucks’ first round pick in 2020 from the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of this deadline agreement. If the Canucks do not make the playoffs in 2019-20, the 2020 first round pick will become 2021’s first round pick. By points, the Canucks are out. As a percentage of points, they are there. Devils should know definitively before the draft. The same goes for the other conditional choices.

But there is another problem with the NHL draft in June which could be its loss: what is the meaning of holding this event if no one can make major transactions?

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If the repechage takes place before the end of the season, the teams which are still active will not remove the players from their lists, in particular in a championship race. The transaction deadline is over, so they can’t make deals to strengthen their teams either. Failure to swap players during the draft would significantly limit teams’ ability to go up and down the draft table, improve for next season or – more importantly, given the economic reality of the NHL – pay a salary before what we assume to be a flat cape before 2020-2021. It’s hard to imagine teams making trades and hard to imagine that the NHL Entry Draft could serve its best goals without them.

(Unless, of course, you are a “Joker” level chaos agent and want to see players who were traded in the June draft play in the July playoffs against the teams who traded them. The implications for competition, injury potential, and general companionship require mental gymnastics of such an effort that they would intimidate Simone Biles.)

There is nothing to envy the place of the NHL and its teams when it comes to finishing this season, huddling in an off-season and planning for next season. Everything is, and should be, under study. But from a functional point of view, maintaining the draft before the end of the season is not ideal. Logically speaking, this is far from perfect. And if the ultimate goal is to “set the fans on fire” this summer, does it really make sense to bring out the funniest aspect of this event – “We have a job to advertise! “- of an event that is already a pandemic disappointment?

Bettman called the idea of ​​an NHL draft in June a “test ball.” If so, I hope everyone sees that it is filled with lead.

The three people I think about most about the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

1. Alexis Lafrenière. The first choice in the Rimouski consensus of the QMJHL. I really feel for the child. Even Sidney Crosby was fortunate enough to go on stage to cheer in 2005, when the post-lockout draft took place in a boardroom at the Westin in Ottawa. (I guess there was no real estate seminar or bar mitzvah already planned for this weekend.) COVID-19 ruined what should have been a rite of passage for Lafrenière. Instead of being treated like a hockey prince all weekend in Montreal, his introduction to the NHL will likely take place on a Zoom call, with the city selecting him as the green screen background. We assume it is a cactus, given where the human lottery talisman Taylor Hall is currently playing.

2. Taro Tsujimoto, who doesn’t really exist, but support me. The 1974 NHL Entry took place over the phone because the NHL was trying to keep its details away from rival World Hockey Association. This slowed the selection process down to a slug, which annoyed Buffalo Sabers general manager Punch Imlach and public relations manager Paul Wieland to the point where they decided to prank the NHL. With the 183rd choice, the Sabers selected Taro Tsujimoto, a player completely invented for the Tokyo Katanas (Japanese for “Sabers”) in the Japanese Ice Hockey League. The NHL would not understand the scam before next season’s training camp. It’s a great story, and I can’t help but think that a virtual draft opens the door to more of these deceptions – either from NHL teams themselves, or from a chaos agent who finds a way to hack the draft and force the Anaheim Ducks to use a sixth round pick on Gordon Bombay.

3. Gary Bettman. The only tradition that is more glorious than fans booing the commissioner when he hands the Stanley Cup to the captain of the champions is the fans who boo him at the NHL draft. In addition, the greatest charm of the draft comes from the mischievous look that Bettman gives when he is about to announce a major trade. But especially the hoots. The NHL will certainly be inspired by the NFL 2020 draft. Hopefully one of the things they borrow is this Bud Light Seltzer “boo the charity” gadget:

Jersey fouls

Matt Para has a question from Dave Tippett:

The answer, of course, is that it is perfectly acceptable to wear any Dave Tippett jersey to support the Edmonton Oilers coach … almost. Obviously, if you wear a Tippett Capitals, Penguins or Flyers jersey for a game in which the Oilers play against one of these home teams, you are helping enemy fans, despite your best intentions. But if the Carolina Hurricanes are in town to face the Oilers, it falls under the universal whalers’ exception clause, in which any jersey that honors the mighty whale is acceptable in all circumstances outside of Greater Boston.

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Winners and losers of the week

Winner: The Boston Bruins 2011

The most fun we have had this week in hockey has been watching a bunch of old teammates tip while watching an old game. The Bruins got together on a Zoom call to watch a live broadcast of Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals on NESN, and it was really like being a fly on the wall after all -match to which you have never been invited. Jokes were flying, some not very NHL approved – looking at you, Tuukka Rask. Information about the series and the Cup victory was shared. Toasts have been made. It never really clicked until we watched it – and it’s going to be utter blasphemy for Boston fans – but this Bruins team reminds us of the 1986 New York Mets: all time greats , stars at their peak, absolute goofball role players and an undeniable boast about them. Just a great journey of nostalgia…

Loser: Canucks fans

… for everyone outside of Vancouver. A Canucks fan watching the 2011 Bruins’ glorification must feel like Charlie Brown watching a tribute to Lucy’s skills as a start. Especially when Milan Lucic, a native of Vancouver no less, drops lines like: “Ask anyone from Vancouver, and I spoke to a million of them: the referees were paid by the Bruins. They were on our side all the time, just to let you guys know. “

Winner: Gregory Campbell

The man who once finished a shift despite a broken leg was the calling class clown, hitting every prominent player with hilarious chirps. But his main goal was for the man to be voted the best (and worst) trash in the league, Brad Marchand. Campbell’s double barrel attack? Race the two lines of Marchand, hair and clothes. “Buddy, you’re worth $ 60 million. Do you really need to do this? Like, have respect for yourself. Ow.

Loser: Brad Marchand

After a chip like that, we have to list it here, but it also gives us an opportunity to recognize the interesting dynamics during the video call with Marchand and Seguin, who were 22 and 19 years old respectively when the Bruins won. Marchand became a target, rather than targeting others. Seguin was calm and mostly in the background. It was really like watching a class reunion as everyone slipped into their old roles.

Winner: The goalkeeper who won match 7

No matter what you think of Tim Thomas, I hope we can agree that his revelations about abandoning public life throw it in a different light; and that for a stretch with the Bruins, he was the best goalkeeper in the world. This certainly included his performance as Conn Smythe in 2011, and one of the most heartfelt moments of the call was the toast Lucic led in his honor.

Loser: the goalkeeper loses in match 7

Of course, not everyone was won over by the call, as Roberto Luongo said:

Winner: Toronto Women’s Hockey

Great news for women’s hockey, as the NWHL announced its expansion to Toronto, with a management team made up entirely of women: Johanna Neilson Boynton, former captain of the Harvard women’s hockey team, heads the ownership group for the sixth franchise in the league. Margaret “Digit” Murphy, longtime coach of Brown University and the LCHF, is the team’s president, while Tyler Tumminia is the president.

Loser: Mayor of Las Vegas

To date, you are probably aware of the infamous Carolyn Goodman interview on CNN, where she proposed opening the city to become a COVID-19 “control group” for infections. “We have major league sports here” was one of the reasons she wanted to reopen hotels in Sin City. The Golden Knights still have four home games, and potentially playoff games. None of them should be played in Las Vegas.

Winner: Alex Ovechkin

Whether real or virtual, Alex Ovechkin likes to score goals.

Loser: neutral sites

The NHL’s plans to play in places like the University of North Dakota and Manchester, New Hampshire have never really gone wrong. They simply couldn’t work as a site for multiple teams, staff, and broadcast teams. But it was certainly fun speculation as long as it lasted. I guess we’ll have to wait another 20 rounds of expansion before we see the Stanley Cup rise in Grand Forks.

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