The entire sports world is captivated this time of year by the oddly-shaped designs of straight lines, the numbers one through 16, and a whole lot of March Madness basketball.
We all can admit we spend at least a few minutes every time it rolls around to fill out a bracket with some random predictions we put on paper - whether or not you have St. Peter's or Ohio State advancing to the Championship doesn't matter. But what if it were hockey teams we were choosing from? Now, that could be fun!
But, first it would have to be up to the NHL Selection committee. They would decide whether Columbus would be a better fit as a 10 or 11 seed, or if Boston has the perimeter shooting to warrant a two seed. They would choose to bump Colorado down to a 14 based on their strength of schedule, and chalk up Phoenix as a six because of their presence in the goal crease.
Indeed, it would be a much different experience than the NHL Playoffs, and I'm not sure a new "April Madness" would catch on too well. However, if things were switched around for a day, how would the brackets look filled with hockey clubs? We'll do our best to sort it out.
Note: Since the NHL has only 30 teams, compared to the NCAA Tournament's 68, the format needs a few changes. There will still be four "regions", but only seeds one through eight will be used, and the top two teams will receive first-round byes.