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04-18-2009, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Narnia View Post
We're talking about entry-level contracts, not contracts later in these players careers. Omark hasn't played one game in the NHL, yet posters are treating him like he's Wayne Gretzky. He's not Wayne Gretzky. No one is. Theo Peckham was drafted in the third round and if he makes the NHL will get $535,000. Why should Omark, a player drafted in the fourth round get the same as you suggest $850,000 as Cogs, a player drafted in the first round. There is a rookie max in the NHL and Omark shouldn't be getting the same as first rounders. I don't care how good a player is, he shouldn't be demanding first round money.
Here is a question that might be relevant. Suppose that Omark was to go back into the draft this year (I know he does not, this is just hypothetical) and made it clear that he wanted a shot at the NHL in 2010-2011. What round do you think he might be drafted in?

Whether or not the Oilers see Omark as part of their future is something that will eventually come out. But you cannot remain a slave to the decisions you made about players year before and ignore any new information if you want to be succesful. Omark may never be an NHL star but his stock has surely risen. Performing at an elite level against professionals must be at least as good as dominating 17 and 18 year olds.

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