While the summer months carry on and the sun continues to shine, NHL experts are hard at work at the RDO camp in Etobicoke, Ontario. As we discussed in a previous article, the NHL is holding its second Research and Development camp in a row, putting to the test some ideas to better the game.
Today, the prospects took to the ice and battle tested some of the topics that are to be examined over the course of the camp. One topic I found particularly interesting, is how can the “Power” be put back into the word power play?
The committee put to test two rule changes, both, which would affect the way the penalized team, can kill the penalty. One idea is to not let the infracted team ice the puck. As long as I can remember, when your team is short-handed, the objective is to get control of the puck and just shoot it down to the other end of the ice. Negating the icing is one way to create more offense for the team on the man-advantage. This will cause the short-handed team to become more fatigued and hopefully create more of an advantage for the power play.
Another big change they experimented with today is not blowing the whistle on a delayed penalty until the guilty team clears the puck from their defensive zone. The purpose this change would serve, is again to create more fatigue and allow for more offensive attack once the opposing team can get their goalie off the ice for the man advantage.
Now the ideas that were tested today may be a long way from being even proposed to the NHL, but it is pretty interesting to think about how these individual rules would change the game we all know and love. But for what its worth, I will throw my two cents in, and say that more goals on the power play could be just what NHL fans would love to see.
Think these rules are good or bad for the game? Leave a comment!