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12-26-2013, 01:44 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
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Horrible idea. So much wrong with it. Along with the other problems mentioned, say for example you implement this system next year. What happens when you add teams through expansion, let say in 5 or 10 years from now? Where will they draft? Will they have a chance at first?
Or lets say a team is really bad right now and their predetermined draft order for the next 4 years is 28th - 21st - 16th - 9th (according to the wheel)? How would you feel as a fan of that team knowing your team will have little to no help for the foreseeable future? That would really suck and there would be nothing to get excited about.
A question for you... What if the Habs had the 25th pick instead of the third when they drafted Galchenyuk?
If your next 4 years is 28, 21, 16, 9 it means you just drafted #3 so I don't see how your team has no hope for the foreseeable future. If the Habs had the 25th pick instead of the 3rd it means, the year before we probably drafted Sean Coutourier the year before. All the late picks follow a top pick so you've drafted an 18 year old potential star, you are going to try to build around that player. Since your not getting top picks, you don't wait 3-4 years to build around him, you build right away. For instance you probably trade #28 for a quality vet so that your #3 pick actually has a good veteran to play with.
Also keep in mind, right now it's hard to get multiple top picks in the same draft class because the teams with those picks are also rebuilding. With the wheel, chances are a couple of teams will have a top-10 pick that they want to trade away so that they can go for the cup right now. So it will be easier to deal for top picks which would make rebuilding easier rather than harder.
Really the only issue is the transition period. And if it was announced say 3 years in advance you should be able to properly prepare for it.
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