I'd like to preface this by saying I know it' not going to happen. We should just do a full NHL/AHL organizational draft. Each round will have a set salary. The best players will go early as they should followed by mid level talent and into the lower tiered talent. League can have 3 rounds each day until both NHL/AHL rosters are filled. This way when a mid or lower tiered owner selects a top end player, that owner can then ask that player to help shape the team. I'm sure that's a better situation for the top end guy then going to a bad owner with a team full of unknowns. Also every AHL pick shpuld be 1 mil or 500k. This way regardless of your skill you won't be stuck in AHL because of your salary. The best players will rise as they do in all professional sports.