EIHL Mini Season Draft Up an Idea

With players at a premium and travel restrictions going to make it hard to come to the UK (not to mention get home again) and not to mention the work permit situation it will be interesting to see who the teams find. But with half the teams not taking part and teams on an even small staff is it not an idea combine the resources and have a player draft?

A minimum of 100 players would be needed drawn in two pots (domestic and import) with a centralised contract. A lottery to select the picking order perhaps with teams moving up the order through the rounds. So the first round first pick team gets the last pick in the second round.

It would mean an interesting mix of players, a potentially more balanced and competitive league and one that would keep the interest of fans as the season takes place. Belfast and Great Britain’s Ben Lake for example who recently played for Sheffield Steeldogs in the webcast games could be a top pick. How about the prospect of seeing Ross Venus in a Steelers shirt?

We know this season is not going to be a usual EIHL season and for those that are inclined it could an asterisk year in the record books so why not going for something different and so what talent the UK can put out there. The £4m from the government should also help with this.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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