All-Encompassing All-Star Weekend Thread
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01-29-2011, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Lloydminster, AB
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I think the draft will result in a more competitive game.
I thought the show last night was very entertaining
and James Duthie was a terrific host. Versus needs to steal him away from TSN.
Really? I couldn't even make it to the end. It was the dullest thing I have ever seen for hockey and I have attended the NHL Draft live before they made an event out of it.
It also seemed completely predetermined. You knew the NHL told them that the Sedins had to be split. I'm kinda surprised the NHL didn't force them to split Carolina's players. The NHL I figured would have preferred to have the fans cheer for both teams.
This will likely make the game more competitive. But next year, I'm not sure televising the draft is a good idea. Then again I blame TSN for the dullness of the event. It should've been a little more similar to the NHL Awards Show. Since largely it is impossible to do any legitimate prognostication like Bob McKenzie does at the NHL Entry Draft, have a band or something come on and play between picks.
The other thing they could do is make it completely random and don't announce any of the players who will be in the All-Star Game. If Staal or Lidstrom wanted to pick PK Subban to be on their team so be it. Have all the players attend the draft and the only ones who know who will be picked would be the captains. Since it is a meaningless game, might be interesting if they had some grinders and tougher players playing. Also, make it more like pond hockey and not force the teams to take x number of forwards and x number of defensemen. If Staal wanted an entire team of forwards so be it, just some of them would have to play defense.
My other change would be to change the Skills Competition back to the way it was during the early 90s. All 21 teams had team skills competitions and the winners would qualify for the ASG Skills Competition. This is why many years you had Al Iafrate (sp?) in the Hardest Shot Competition but he was nowhere near an All-Star. Generally, aside from the Hardest Shot Competition, the winners would already be All-Stars, but it was always fun seeing some of the goons at an All-Star game.
What would also be interesting is if the Friday night of All-Star weekend, they would take a page from MLB and hold a Future Stars competition. It would take a lot of orchestrating and tough decisions, but it would be interesting to see the best prospects all play together. Bring in the CHL players and the AHL players, heck bring the Euros if they would come over (which I doubt). But a mix of the best Juniors and Minor Leaguers would be an interesting format.
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