3 rule changes the NHL consider implementing in the future

Last week, general managers from all 32 NHL teams met to discuss potential rule changes, but there are quite a few more changes that must be discussed.

Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs
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Overtime rules are still not up to par

Ask any hockey fan about the current 3-on-3 overtime rules, and you will get a plethora of unique opinions. I’ve always liked the suggestions of making 3-on-3 overtime more like basketball, where teams would be charged for a “backcourt violation” or even a certain number of seconds for the puck to cross into the offensive zone

We could do this in one of two ways: Either reward the non-offending team with a 4-on-3 power play, or reward them with a faceoff in the offensive zone. Further, only the non-offending team would be allowed to make a line change, while the offending team must continue with the players currently on the ice. 

To add more intrigue, a thirty-second “possession clock” would also be a cool add. This would, through a maximum of five minutes of overtime, give each team a chance to possess the puck following a certain time frame. 

Once the 30 seconds are up for Team A, a faceoff will ensue at the center dot, giving Team B a chance to possess the puck. Every 30 seconds, the puck could change, forcing teams to come up with a faster play to get a shot off to the net. 

There would also be a higher likelihood the team possessing the puck makes a mistake and turns it over, which would reset the “possession clock.”