You know, people can say how "awesome" or "ridiculous" this whole debacle was, but in the end you have to look at it this way:
The NHL took a step outside of the box and this draft looks how a lot of people think about sports outside of their favorite teams. They allowed the players to pick in the way "we" might... a fantasy draft
I think it's a great concept and we'll be looking at Staal's homerism over Nick's Defenseman/Center picking system for a while.
It's a nice change of pace.
I mean what did the NFL do this year? Move the Pro-Bowl to pre-superbowl weekend? What's the NBA doing? MLB??
Yeah. Not much.
Certainly you can think it's grasping at straws if you want to, but everyone knows the ASG is nothing more than a show for half-assed friends (what?? I meant fans) and corporate sponsors... at least make it fun for the guys that have to show up... and for the guys that are picked last. (give tubby a goddamned car)
I'm sure there's some well thought out counter-points to this "article" and already there maybe some responses similar to this one:
Shut the f*** up, you uninformed, obviously jealous fan of some lackluster bottom feeding team, and overall hack of a "writer". Try again in a couple years when you've assessed the league and individual franchises as they currently stand, as well as the histories of those franchises both pre- and post-cap, and what that means to success, mediocrity, and failure in the NHL. In the meantime... choke on a bag of dicks.