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03-24-2004, 04:44 PM
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NYR469
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Originally Posted by sickboy35
question for you guys. how do these players go to free agency without being drafted? in other words, don't they have to get drafted first? if that makes any sense let me know? i'm just confused as to why they can be had for just money, and not be drafted or go through waivers and such? thanks!
it has to do with draft eligibility rules...a north american player over the age of 20 is too old to enter the draft.

so for a player like pock he was never drafted and now he is too old to re-enter the draft so he becomes a UFA

keep in mind that guys often get drafted either after their senior year of high school or freshmen year of college...so lots of times a guy might not be worthy of being drafted at 17-18 but then 4 years down the road after a solid college career they might develop into a solid player

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