Is Quebec laying out the welcome mat for Lindros?

Is Quebec laying out the welcome mat for Lindros?

Post by dd.. » Tue, 27 Nov 1990 00:58:10


Over the past week there has been an increasing amount of talk in the
media and on sports shows over the 'Lindros Derby' (at least in Canada
there has been talk. I'm not sure about the US). For those of you who
don't know, and I doubt there are many, Eric Lindros is the most
highly regarded junior-aged player since Mario Lemieux. It is said
that whichever team drafts him will have a franchise-type player.

So the temptation is there for teams who know that they won't make
the playoffs, to try and finish last overall and get the first
pick overall. Quebec has been accused, publicly, of trying to finish
in last place, even this early in the season.

This begs the question, which I hope will start a discussion on the net:
Should the NHL adopt a lottery system, ala the NBA, to determine the
draft placings of the five non-playoff teams?

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Is Quebec laying out the welcome mat for Lindros?

Post by Sherri Nicho » Sun, 02 Dec 1990 07:11:39

Quote:

>This begs the question, which I hope will start a discussion on the net:
>Should the NHL adopt a lottery system, ala the NBA, to determine the
>draft placings of the five non-playoff teams?

Absolutely.  Any rule that encourages teams to purposefully lose games
should be changed to remove the incentive for losing.  You'd think the NHL
would have caught on after the Pens dumped games to get Lemieux.

Sherri Nichols


 
 
 

Is Quebec laying out the welcome mat for Lindros?

Post by Rick Gillesp » Thu, 06 Dec 1990 05:46:57

Quote:

>Over the past week there has been an increasing amount of talk in the
>media and on sports shows over the 'Lindros Derby' (at least in Canada
>there has been talk. I'm not sure about the US). For those of you who
>don't know, and I doubt there are many, Eric Lindros is the most
>highly regarded junior-aged player since Mario Lemieux. It is said
>that whichever team drafts him will have a franchise-type player.

I remember when Brian Bellows was in his last year of Junior A.
There was all kinds of talk about how he was the kind of player
that would turn a franchise around, the next Gretzky, etc etc etc.
Much was made of the "Bellows Derby". Several humourous articles were
written in hockey columns about how teams would trade all their good
players away to get a shot at Bellows. The North Stars traded a player
or two to the Bruins to get Boston to not draft Bellows with the
first pick.
He has been a good player for Minnesota, but no superstar. There are
many more examples of "can't miss" prospects doing exactly that - miss.
Any team that expects a 17 or 18 year old player to be the answers to
all their problems will continue to fumble like the Nordiques.

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Is Quebec laying out the welcome mat for Lindros?

Post by Gerald Olcho » Fri, 07 Dec 1990 07:50:43

Quote:


>>This begs the question, which I hope will start a discussion on the net:
>>Should the NHL adopt a lottery system, ala the NBA, to determine the
>>draft placings of the five non-playoff teams?

>Absolutely.  Any rule that encourages teams to purposefully lose games
>should be changed to remove the incentive for losing.  You'd think the NHL
>would have caught on after the Pens dumped games to get Lemieux.

In hockey, regardless, one player is not crucial to the success or failure
of the team no matter how good he is...how many times has Pittsburgh made
the playoffs with Mario...only once, whereas in basketball, one player
can make a team.  The lottery system would likely cause more hanky-panky
than less, because without the lottery, there tend to be only two
or three candidates for the worst team...with a lottery, you might
have half the teams trying to miss the playoffs.

It would make more sense to eliminate the draft and have a salary
cap for each team.

Gerald

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