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08-26-2010, 12:31 PM
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Just to clarify, I am not saying that teams should not be signing players from outside the area. That is junior hockey and it happens everywhere.

However I do think the league should be doing their best to get every local kid that has the ability to play in the league, just not sure the current system in which players are drafted then protected achieves this. Presently there seems to be too many cases where local kids play Jr B or Midget when they appear to be every bit as good as players brought in from other areas. The reason is that teams feel have to give up something (a draft pick or player or PDF) in order to get the protected local player whereas they can get an equivalent non-local player at no or little cost.

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