The trouble with too many divisions is that you get weak divisions. How do you select playoff teams? Top 2 in each division are in? #1 in each division is in + 4 wild cards? What happens if one entire division makes the playoffs?
The East/West is for the time zone difference and cutting down on travel. I think you could have north/south divisions within an east/west conference system.
The current draft system is so broken. 😐
The fix: Every team that misses the playoffs goes into a draft lottery with equal odds of winning the #1 pick.
The remaining draft picks (2-32) are selected using a lottery system but now all of the remaining teams are in the draft and all of them have the same probability.
In other words...........
Place 16 balls in a machine, one ball for each non-playoff team.
Pick one ball
So i have seen the question asked on how they decide to continue the season...
...i haven't seen it asked on how do they decide on who gets Lafreniere???
And just looking because i wasn't sure till now when i looked wow Yzerman tanked hard for him. 39 points on the season. Wow.
The next closest is Ottawa with 62 points.
So i wonder how the decide how to do the ping pong balls??