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Shane Doan's foolproof solution to tanking

BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 4, 2016 6:04 PM


How should the National Hockey League go about stopping teams from tanking? With the NHL Draft in its current state, tanking isn't a guaranteed first pick in the draft, but the odds are ever in your favour (if you tank). And let's be honest, it's really not very hard to lose games on purpose. Some of the players fighting for jobs will play tough, but if the organization wants to lose games, they're going to put themselves in a position to lose games.

Arizona Coyotes' captain Shane Doan thinks he's come up with a pretty good concept to eliminate the ability to "tank."

“The day you’re mathematically eliminated, you start accumulating points. When you get to the end of the year, whoever’s accumulated the most points gets the first overall pick,” Shane Doan told AZ Central Sports' Sarah McLellan.

The idea is an interesting one, and would allow for the teams out of the playoff race to bring up young talent in an attempt to lock down the No. 1 pick in the draft. While fans watched teams fight for playoff spots, they could also watch teams battle it out for the first overall pick. And let's be perfectly honest, a team battling for the first overall pick is much more entertaining than watching a team play sloppy hockey on purpose in the hopes to get the top pick.

What do you think of Doan's idea? Would it solve the NHL's tank problem?

(H/T AZ Central)