Phil Posted March 20, 2019 Share Posted March 20, 2019 Perhaps he?s still salty about having to settle for Bobby Ryan instead of Sidney Crosby in 2005, but Brian Burke, like many hockey fans, isn?t fully satisfied with the current system the NHL has in place to determine the order of its annual draft. Burke said during his To The Point segment this past weekend on Hockey Night in Canada that if it were up to him he?d make certain tweaks. The former NHL exec doubled down during a Wednesday appearance on The Starting Lineup, saying there are two main things he?d change about the draft lottery. The first is the number of teams involved. ?The teams that need the most help, get the most help. That?s the theory of inverse order of finish,? Burke said. ?Now you?ve got teams that openly talk about tanking, teams that clearly tanked, so we have to put in a lottery. I agree. I get it. But we?ve got all the non-playoff teams in the lottery and I think that?s a joke.? ?I think it should be five teams in the lottery,? Burke said as his first proposed tweak. Simplifying the process and limiting it to five teams would eliminate a scenario like two years ago when the Flyers won the second lottery, moved up 11 spots to No. 2 and selected Nolan Patrick. Or like last year when Carolina moved up nine spots affording them the opportunity to draft Russian standout Andrei Svechnikov. ?The second tweak is we shouldn?t reward sustained failure,? Burke added. ?So if you pick No. 1 overall you cannot pick No. 1 overall for three years. The best you can pick is four, you cannot pick in the top three, and if you pick twice in the top three you are relegated to no better than fourth for the next three years.? https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/brian-burke-hed-change-nhl-draft-lottery-system/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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