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Draft Pick Holding Rule Update


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It's been known for a long time that the VHLM is characterized by an extreme boom-bust cycle which often rewards teams for tanking--and subsequently stacking up multiple drafts' worth of picks at once--for targeted success in select seasons. It's also been almost a general consensus around the league that this isn't great for the environment of the VHLM and its (supposed) focus on player development. Proposed solutions to this over the years have included restrictions on holding picks to banning trading of picks entirely to changing the way the VHLM works to eliminate the draft altogether.

 

Currently, VHLM rules allow for a maximum of three picks to be held in each of the first two rounds of any given draft. It's obvious that this is far too relaxed--so, we've got some news for you involving stricter restrictions on draft picks held by VHLM teams. Specifically:

 

  • No team may hold more than two picks in each of the first two rounds of any VHLM draft. For example, a team may have up to two 1st-round picks and two 2nd-round picks, but no more.
  • Each team must hold a minimum of four picks in the first four rounds of any draft.
  • Each team must hold at least one pick in either the first or second round of any draft.

 

 

This change is effective as of the S87 draft. Picks have already been moved for S86 such that this would not work for next season.

 

 

We hope this does its job in ensuring that each VHLM team is able to maintain a reasonably competitive environment, whether buying or selling. Also--we hope we aren't just here to crack down. More freedoms to come in some form at some point 👁️

 

@VHLM GM

@VHLM Commissioner

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Just now, Nykonax said:

will this extend to the loophole where teams just trade their first or second round selections away right away instead of trading the pick before the draft?

 

That was addressed a while ago (not sure how officially) by what was more or less "don't do this, sincerely, commissioners" and that will continue to be the case.

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2 hours ago, Gustav said:

It's been known for a long time that the VHLM is characterized by an extreme boom-bust cycle which often rewards teams for tanking--and subsequently stacking up multiple drafts' worth of picks at once--for targeted success in select seasons. It's also been almost a general consensus around the league that this isn't great for the environment of the VHLM and its (supposed) focus on player development. Proposed solutions to this over the years have included restrictions on holding picks to banning trading of picks entirely to changing the way the VHLM works to eliminate the draft altogether.

 

Currently, VHLM rules allow for a maximum of three picks to be held in each of the first two rounds of any given draft. It's obvious that this is far too relaxed--so, we've got some news for you involving stricter restrictions on draft picks held by VHLM teams. Specifically:

 

  • No team may hold more than two picks in each of the first two rounds of any VHLM draft. For example, a team may have up to two 1st-round picks and two 2nd-round picks, but no more.
  • Each team must hold a minimum of four picks in the first four rounds of any draft.
  • Each team must hold at least one pick in either the first or second round of any draft.

 

 

This change is effective as of the S87 draft. Picks have already been moved for S86 such that this would not work for next season.

 

 

We hope this does its job in ensuring that each VHLM team is able to maintain a reasonably competitive environment, whether buying or selling. Also--we hope we aren't just here to crack down. More freedoms to come in some form at some point 👁️

 

@VHLM GM

@VHLM Commissioner

Great Change Fellas!

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Good change, I assume this is at time of draft. Not just a general "you may never drop below 4 picks in any future draft" deal. Cause that would really hamstring your ability to stay consistently decent by leveraging future picks, but only enough of them that you can still refill in time for the draft.

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This is almost as complicated as Monahan’s trade conditions. Just ban pick trading at this point 😅

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8 hours ago, Shindigs said:

Good change, I assume this is at time of draft. Not just a general "you may never drop below 4 picks in any future draft" deal. Cause that would really hamstring your ability to stay consistently decent by leveraging future picks, but only enough of them that you can still refill in time for the draft.

what happens if you don't 🤔

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8 hours ago, Shindigs said:

Good change, I assume this is at time of draft. Not just a general "you may never drop below 4 picks in any future draft" deal. Cause that would really hamstring your ability to stay consistently decent by leveraging future picks, but only enough of them that you can still refill in time for the draft.

@Gustav  and I have discussed this since it's a fair point and we want there to be as much flexibility as possible. Our main concern with only requiring the minimums to be met at the time of the draft is that a GM will end up in a significantly unfavorable position that will end up harming their team further - the opposite of our intent with this change.

 

For that reason, we are adding the following addendum (wording may change in rulebook for clarity):

 

- All teams must be compliant with draft pick rules and restrictions by the TDL prior to the respective draft. (Example, HOU has until the S86 TDL to be compliant for the S87 Draft)

 

This should allow teams to dabble with future picks should they choose to do so, while giving them plenty of time to meet the updated draft pick rules. We hope this provides more flexibility for teams trying to make trades and adds some spice to trade deadlines as a side benefit.

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15 hours ago, Shindigs said:

The meme answer is that you get docked draft picks.🤣

ah like the European Union who hands out fines to countries who are in the Eurozone but not compliant with the overall debts...

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