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09-30-2003, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike8
There are already plenty of players that don't make it and need to restart their lives at late ages.

Another issue here is if the draft eligibility is pushed back, perhaps more emphasis would be placed on education. More players would go the College or University route, I'd imagine.
But consider your average mid to late round draft pick, the way it is now, he probably knows 4 years after he's drafted, at the age of 22, that he's not going to make it in the NHL. You push the draft back to 21 and suddenly that 22 year old is 25. IMO much harder to start again. I'm only 22 myself and I feel a little out of place as a junior in undergraduate school.

I would hope they'd go to College or University, but I have a feeling their agents will tell them to play Juniors, where the competition is stiffer.

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