: Prospect Info:
Preds select AUSTIN WATSON - 1st round - 18th overall
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06-27-2010, 06:56 PM
What's the Pred say?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Yes, Watson is likely two years away from Nashville at a minimum. NHL-CHL eligibility rules are that a player must be 20 years old by December 31st of the year that the season starts (ie: 2010-11 season birth year is 1990) or have had played 4 years in the CHL prior to the start of the season. Watson currently only has 2 years of CHL experience and unfortunately...his birthdate falls outside the window.
It actually has nothing to do with the NHL; the eligibility rules are an agreement between the CHL and the AHL to prevent NHL teams from immediately signing draft picks and putting them in the AHL after drafting them.
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