This year, several NHL teams including the Capitals’ opponent tonight, Buffalo, have been awful. Two potential superstars will be avaliable at this year’s draft: Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Fans of those teams want to lose.
Waiter in Buffalo learns who I cover. "Can you guys beat us tonight so we can get the No. 1 pick?"
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) March 16, 2015
On Monday, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Sun wrote about this phenomenon and published an article titled “With lottery teams tanking for Connor McDavid, it’s time NHL rethinks draft.” In the article, McGran states that since teams are tanking for Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel that indicates the NHL draft system needs fixing.
Does it though? And are these teams really tanking? Let me address a few key points of his article.