NHL: How to Save the League

May 24th, 2010 by Jacob Weindling Leave a reply »
Let me preface this by saying that the NHL is great the way it is. It has the most entertaining postseason of any sport every year, and it has opened up the game so its young stars can take advantage of their tremendous skills.

However, like any good company, the NHL needs to stay ahead of the curve and should constantly be innovating.

Here are a few changes that I believe would greatly enhance the NHL’s standing in the sports landscape of the United States.


Cut the Fat

There are too many teams in the NHL.

The league is a little watered down so let’s get rid of Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Florida, the New York Islanders, Anaheim, and Columbus.

Then hold an expansion draft using the same draft order as the amateur draft with this simple rule: if you take a player in the first round of the expansion draft, then you lose your first round pick in the amateur draft.

Just for fun, let’s do a mock draft of the top five.

Edmonton: Steven Stamkos
Toronto: Ryan Getzlaf
Carolina: Rick Nash
Minnesota: John Tavares
New York Rangers: Martin St. Louis ...

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