If you've been following the World Junior Championship, you're probably already pretty familiar with the 3-2-1 point system that the tournament uses. If the 3-2-1 system sounds like a foreign concept, it essentially awards three points if you win in regulation, two if you win in OT and one if you are defeated in OT.
Should the NHL adopt the 3-2-1 point system?
The 3-2-1 system was first used at the World Championships back in 2007. Immediately it was met with praise and criticism. Fans of the system noted that a team that requires extra time to win a game should not be rewarded the same amount of points as a team that only needs regulation to win. The 3-2-1 format would be a way of punishing the teams that need more time. However, critics of the system argue that a "win is a win" no matter how long it takes to get it. They also note the issue of parity, as the 3-2-1 format creates more separation between teams, for better or worse.
With all that in ...