The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has announced a few changes to league policy after it’s annual meeting of the Board of Governors.
The first change has to do with the trading of draft choices. As of Sept. 1, OHL teams will be allowed to trade draft choices a maximum of six years into the future. This will transition to five years prior to the 2020 OHL draft, and then four years prior to the 2021 draft.
At the conclusion of the phase-in period, OHL teams will only be able to trade a draft choice four years from that time.
The other major change involves the effect that shootouts will have on the league’s standings.
The OHL will eliminate shootout wins as it applies to the first tie-breaker between two or more teams of equal points during the regular season of games and final league standing. Moving forward, only regulation and overtime victories will be counted in a tie-breaking scenario.
If two or more teams are tied for the final playoff position in either conference, the team who wins a sudden death tiebreaker will decide the fate of each team.
For all other playoff positions, the team with the most number of wins, not including shootouts, will determine the standings. If two teams are still tied after this, it will be determined by the team with the best record in head-to-head competition.
If more than two teams are tied, then it will be determined by whom has the highest percentage of available points earned against each other.
If there is still a tie, there is still a tie, then it will be determined by the team with the better goal differential.