If I just heard correctly, Tsn's insider panel of Duthie, Milbury, Dreger and McKenzie said that this year's breakaway shootout competition will be signifcantly different this year, as a panel of judges will rate each players moves on a creativity level of 1-10.
Now, before I create an unnecessary buzz, I will NOT confirm it, as I may have misunderstood. Maybe they're just pushing for that idea...I'm not sure. All I know is, I would be a HUGE fan of it. The skills competition has lost it's "oumpf" over recent years...At the bar where I watched it last year (shout out to Bellerose!), we were pretty indifferent to the whole pre-game activities, which consisted of the Skills Competition and the unbelieveably boring Young Guns game, which DESPERATELY needs re-tuning because it was an absolute drag to watch.
I can definitely see Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk and Zetterberg dazzling the crowd with trickery in the shootout, and I would LOVE to see it even more in the Young Guns game...maybe they can have a make-shift shootout after their game? Sam Gagner would definitely turn heads...
What do you think about the All-Star game shootout being judged by a panel? Let me know in the comments section below!