In sports, change is as constant as taxes are. Unfortunately, that is just how it is. In football, the Pro Bowl was changed to bring in more fans and players to represent their respective conferences.They made it more fan interactive to get it going. The NHL also moved to a fantasy draft for the all star game a couple of years ago. What about a change to the NHL Draft as it seems the leagues are looking for changes to bring in more fans and boost their relativity?
The Captials and Barry Trotz are pushing for a more defensive showing this year, but the second aspect of Trotz’s push is the player development throughout the organization starting with its AHL and ECHL affiliated teams.
This is where the change comes in. The NHL draft moves from the NHL to the AHL. The AHL will conduct the draft for its parent team. This will help with the development of the players as well as bring more players into the system. A lot of times the NHL teams forget about their AHL teams and lose on the development side of things.
I would say on only a couple of occasions, the first round pick, usually within the top 10, is the only player to make and headway into the NHL in their first year and the rest of the picks, we don’t see and at times never see in the NHL. Why not have the AHL draft the players drafted and developed in the AHL and then move up. This will push player development throughout the system and the league as well as ensure that the AHL teams are properly staffed and have the right people in place.
Giving the draft to the AHL would make sure that the league is taken more seriously, and it would grow North American hockey in the smaller markets that house the AHL teams.
If a change is for the betterment of the team and the league as a whole, why not take a look at it. Improving the game should be at the basis of every discussion and if you can bring in more players for development and provide them with the highest quality of development then what would be the issue?