RE: [hockeydisk] Question for other Commissioners...
We have had teams do this in our league….not so much sitting players but signing a free agent goalie and playing him down the stretch. While we don’t have a rule against it, I try to discourage it with our draft lottery.
All non-playoff teams have a shot at the number one pick. We have 13 teams. Last gets a 33% chance (5 out of 15); 12th gets 27% (4 out of 15); 11th gets 20% (3 of 15); 10th gets 13% (2 of 15); 9th gets 7% (1 of 15). We draw for all five positions, not just the No. 1. The drawn draft position remains through all rounds, not just the first round. In about 9 years since we put the lottery in place, the last place team has only got the first pick twice. So there’s not a lot of advantage to tanking.
This past year, a team tanked to finish last….the 12th place team got the first pick. So if he had just stayed where he was, he would have got the first pick.
Curious what, if anything, other leagues have in place regarding the issue of competition quality. This involves mostly teams setting lines that don't utilize their better players.
Setting lines is a pretty subjective thing, but at some point if you notice a team has benched several of its better players, and injuries aren't a concern, it catches your eye, you know?
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who have addressed this issue or even some suggestions for how to address within a set of rules.
CCHL, LHL, WHA