Hello Gentlemen, Please note that the exact details of the rule change are not finalized and that the following is a summary of the direction we are heading. The final details will be posted in the near future. What is changing: 1. Minimum average team OV rating (20 starters) 2. Revision to the draft lottery 3. Draft position penalties for not meeting the minimum avg OV rating Why is this changing: A disturbing trend has emerged over the past two seasons that has reached the point where 6 teams have incomplete/uncompetive pro rosters that could not be competitive in an AHL league never mind the HFNHL. Inversely with 6 teams fielding minor leaguers the top teams have been able to assemble All-Star rosters. Frankly the middle of the pack teams have higher talent levels than is reasonable as 30 teams worth of NHL talent are held by 24 HFNHL teams. This could not be allowed to continue and as a result drastic measures are required to save the league from itself. The minimums currently being proposed are a team average 66OV (for the 20 starters) by the All-Star break and 68 by the start of the 2004/05 season. Teams failing to meet these minimums will have their draft position reduced by an undefined number of positions. As draft position appears to be the motive for many of these GM's a review of the lottery is being conducted to reduce this incentive. Once the league is restabilised the Admin Team may chose to revert to the NHL draft lottery system. We recognise that one team is caught in this due to the financial delema he inherited but that GM appears to have been acting in the best interest of his team and has done his best to maintain some valid NHL talent despite his circumstances.