Didn't go through the entire thread, but it would have been so much better with just the power 6. Have 4 round-robin games in groups of 3, and the bottom two are eliminated.
To speak to what Tri said on the first page, I could care less that Anze Kopitar doesn't get to play in a tournament. Especially if it means throwing together a hodge-podge group of Europeans & rounding the field out with a young stars team. So freaking stupid.