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07-15-2005, 01:23 AM
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Bob McKenzie was the one to break this news this afternoon and he said 18 by January 1st.

Edit: People are getting very confused by this because most players will be playing in the league no earlier than 19 years of age (which also reflects favourably upon the 7 years experience clause). However, players such as Kessel that were born later in the year (say October) could play in the NHL as an 18 year old - having been drafted a few months earlier in June. The thing to remember is that these types of guys wouldn't have had a different draft year under the old CBA.

Two examples.

Sidney Crosby (Aug. 7, 1987)
-Old CBA: Eligible in 2005 (18 as of Sept 15th, 2005)
-New CBA: Eligible in 2006 (18 as of January 1st, 2006)

Phil Kessel
-Old CBA: Eligible in 2006 (not 18 as of Sept 15th, 2005)
-New CBA: Eligible in 2006 (18 as of January 1st, 2006)


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