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06-21-2008, 02:37 PM
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Bullsmith
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Personally I love drafting all these Americans. BPA of course, but taking college-bound kids lets us take chances on late bloomers, especially ones who haven't grown into their bodies yet and then unlike EVERY OTHER COUNTRY'S PROSPECTS we don't have to sign them in two years. That is a huge advantage and it only applies to prospects in college programs and the only NHL-stream college programs are in the US.

The CBA offers teams a loophole advantage when the draft Americans. In a case like Fisher's, thank God he's in college, otherwise his slow development would be a major headache already. Instead he has two more years if he needs them and he doesn't eat a contract slot. In the case of Higgins and Komisarek it's been a great strategy and hopefully the same will be true for lots more habs to come.

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