We couldn’t help but think of the NHL draft lottery idea that Grantland writer Sean McIndoe presented in his recent story “How to Fix the NHL’s Disastrous Tanking Situation" as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders in a shootout Thursday night.
It was the Blue Jackets' eighth consecutive win, equaling a franchise record. But all it appears to be earning Columbus is a bucket full of pride as the season winds down.
Adam Gold created an idea to fix tanking that would determine the draft order by rewarding the teams that earned the most points after they’re eliminated from the playoffs with the best spots at the top of the draft. In a world in which the Gold plan existed, these wins would be very meaningful.
In that world, this late-season win streak could be franchise-altering for the Blue Jackets.