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02-17-2017, 12:43 PM
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My awful idea for playoff seeding/matchups

Lots of people seem to dislike the divisional playoff structure, and the NHL seems hell bent on having something other than the traditional 1-8 seeding that will create 'animosity' and 'rivalries'.

How about this:
8 teams make it from each conference seeded 1-8.

1st seed chooses which of the other 7 teams to face in round 1
Next highest seed chooses which of the remaining 5 teams to face in round 1
Next highest chooses which of the remaining 3 teams to face in round 1
Last team is left with the remaining team

As an example, lets assume the standings as of today represent the final standings:
  1. Washington
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Columbus
  4. NYR
  5. Montreal
  6. Ottawa
  7. Boston
  8. Toronto
Washington chooses Boston because they've won 8 in a row against them
Pittsburgh chooses Ottawa (4-1 on the season)
Columbus takes Montreal (4-0 on the season)
NYR is left with Toronto

So we'd have:
1v7
2v6
3v5
4v8

Lets say Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Toronto win their series.

Washington picks Toronto
Pittsburgh is left with Columbus

Then at that point the playoffs continue per usual.

Pros
Top seeds are rewarded with preference for matchup, but at the same time there is increased pressure, as they have to take on an underdog they have essentially called out - could make for a pretty bitter series (*cough* rivalry *cough*). Also adds in a layer of strategy - especially a good team is missing a key player or a lower seed went on a hot streak to finish the season - would certainly give the hockey media something to talk about/speculate on.

Cons
Its probably awful like everything I do. Also - change is gross.

Flame away. I probably deserve it.

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The real winners would be the media.

The losers would be anyone associated with a team that the media interviewed about the selection process.

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I......actually love this idea. It would never happen but the matchups being announced would be so exciting.

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I also actually love this idea especially from a rivalry perspective. It must be so insulting to be called out like that.

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I also actually love this idea especially from a rivalry perspective. It must be so insulting to be called out like that.

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Personally Id do something different top four teams in each division make the playoffs Lets take the eastern conference

Atlantic(In order of standing)
Montreal
Ottawa
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Buffalo
Tampa
Detroit

Metropolitan(in order of standing)
Washington
Pittsburgh
Columbus
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina


Id do 1v1 2v2 3v3 4v4 team with the most points gets home ice(designated with a H)

so round 1 match ups

Montreal vs Washington(H)
Ottawa vs Pittsburgh(H)
Boston vs Columbus(H)
Toronto vs Rangers(H)

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Id do 1v1 2v2 3v3 4v4 team with the most points gets home ice(designated with a H)

so round 1 match ups

Montreal vs Washington(H)
Ottawa vs Pittsburgh(H)
Boston vs Columbus(H)
Toronto vs Rangers(H)
What advantage is there in succeeding during the regular season?

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I......actually love this idea. It would never happen but the matchups being announced would be so exciting.
The NHL could wait till the season is over and do a lottery drawing the playoff match ups.

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The NHL could wait till the season is over and do a lottery drawing the playoff match ups.
What? That isn't what he said.

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Personally Id do something different top four teams in each division make the playoffs Lets take the eastern conference

Atlantic(In order of standing)
Montreal
Ottawa
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Buffalo
Tampa
Detroit

Metropolitan(in order of standing)
Washington
Pittsburgh
Columbus
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina


Id do 1v1 2v2 3v3 4v4 team with the most points gets home ice(designated with a H)

so round 1 match ups

Montreal vs Washington(H)
Ottawa vs Pittsburgh(H)
Boston vs Columbus(H)
Toronto vs Rangers(H)
You want the best teams playing eachother at the end of the playoffs, not the beginning.

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Personally Id do something different top four teams in each division make the playoffs Lets take the eastern conference

Atlantic(In order of standing)
Montreal
Ottawa
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Buffalo
Tampa
Detroit

Metropolitan(in order of standing)
Washington
Pittsburgh
Columbus
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina


Id do 1v1 2v2 3v3 4v4 team with the most points gets home ice(designated with a H)

so round 1 match ups

Montreal vs Washington(H)
Ottawa vs Pittsburgh(H)
Boston vs Columbus(H)
Toronto vs Rangers(H)
hockey dude 120.......how about no scotty. like what?

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The selection process would be entertaining.

Should be done like the draft where you come up to the podium.

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What advantage is there in succeeding during the regular season?
home ice.

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Outside the box thinking, at least! I don't hate this idea.

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How about only one team from each division. Hear me out.

Each divisions top 4 teams after regular season enters the battle mode. Two legged (one home and one away game) goals are points. Meaning the goals from the first gsme carries over to the next. So team A winning 10-0 in first game but loosing 0-5 second game still wins.

So those teams battle it out and the one team who wins goes to the next level. The playoffs with 4 teams xD there they battle it out against eachother in game seriies of 5. stanley cup 2nd and 3rd place all get a high first round pick, should be rewarded for winning? Or get to pick an unprotected player from any of the loosing teams in the league.

Okay now obviously i dont want this to happen im just playing with ideas. What do you guys think horrible or good idea what changes would you make?

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home ice.
Yeah, but you can still get home ice against a weaker opponent if you don't finish 1st in your division.

Your best scenario is to finish fourth in your division slightly better than the fourth place team in the other division.

That would be the most successful regular season you could put together.

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Yeah, but you can still get home ice against a weaker opponent if you don't finish 1st in your division.
doesnt really matter to me, I offered a different playoff system

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The selection process would be entertaining.

Should be done like the draft where you come up to the podium.
I can only imagine how vicious the media of the city whose team was picked would be.

You'd almost rather be picked than do the picking.

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doesnt really matter to me, I offered a different playoff system
Well I got a playoff system - you randomly select 2 teams from the league and have them play each other for the Stanley Cup.

It's completely irrational and illogical but hey, doesn't matter to me.

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I can't help but suddenly think of draft day imagery in my head pondering this idea.

"Hi Gary and the city of X for having us, beautiful place, warm people, good food... It's an honor to be the first team selecting. We team X, choose underdog team Y for the first round match up in the 2XXX playoffs."


Idea is interesting... but what about adding a lottery aspect to it?

*Lottery roll*
"For the 2022 playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers again have first selection for their first round playoff match up."

Also, I've personally liked the idea that a conference could have two teams in the final, but most playoff options don't allow it.

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I can't imagine the teams want anything to do with this. If team 1 picks team 8 and loses in the first round the optics are horrible. Everyone would be all over the teams for "making the wrong decision" even if it wasn't and a team just got lucky or hot.

I think they would much rather just leave it as it is.

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I can't imagine the teams want anything to do with this. If team 1 picks team 8 and loses in the first round the optics are horrible. Everyone would be all over the teams for "making the wrong decision" even if it wasn't and a team just got lucky or hot.

I think they would much rather just leave it as it is.
That's why you have to FORCE IT ON THEM.

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I actually like this idea op. Prevents crappy scenarios like what we have now where one of Pittsburgh or Washington likely bows out in the second round, and one of CBJ or Pittsburgh bows out in the first. It shouldn't be the most desired outcome in a season to finish 4th in the division like it is in the Metro this year. I also love how in your scenario, we come in as the 8th seed, no one picks to play us, and we win our first series. Really good ego boost.

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How about only one team from each division. Hear me out.

Each divisions top 4 teams after regular season enters the battle mode. Two legged (one home and one away game) goals are points. Meaning the goals from the first gsme carries over to the next. So team A winning 10-0 in first game but loosing 0-5 second game still wins.

So those teams battle it out and the one team who wins goes to the next level. The playoffs with 4 teams xD there they battle it out against eachother in game seriies of 5. stanley cup 2nd and 3rd place all get a high first round pick, should be rewarded for winning? Or get to pick an unprotected player from any of the loosing teams in the league.

Okay now obviously i dont want this to happen im just playing with ideas. What do you guys think horrible or good idea what changes would you make?
Don't like this. 7 game playoff series are perfect for this sport and do wonders for the creation and sustenance of rivalries. I also hate how winning teams are rewarded with high draft picks. Success should be enough of a reward. The draft is in place to help out the franchises in need of it, not to widen the talent gap between the top and bottom teams. I'm just trying to think of what Chicago would be like right now if they still got to pick high from 2010 onwards.

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