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07-08-2011, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Ladd View Post
I always thought the best solution here would be to move the draft age to 19.

It would actually raise the level of play in Jr's because the handful of Halls, Seguins, Skinners and Fowlers of the world would remain in the league for another year.

It would allow teams to take their prospects and move them right into their own system, AHL, ECHL or NHL.

It would take some of the random luck out of the draft, with an extra year of evaluation time.

You'd probably get a dozen players out of the 1st round each year that could jump right to the NHL, as opposed to just 2 or 3. And that would provide a much quicker turnaround for teams finishing at the bottom of the standings, giving them viable NHL players, potential impact players, right away. Heck, that would even make the draft more of a must-see event, much like the NFL draft.

Junior A club Owner`s would love ya Bill, keep the kids who are bound for the NHL in their uniforms in a local rink for one more year, as you well know, it`s one heck of a tough business in Junior hockey to make money or even break even.

Although I would love to see NHL teams be permitted to keep up to 2 "tweeners" guys who could play Junior but who are put in the AHL, sort of like the overage rule in the OHL (not sure if it`s CHL wide) regarding each team being permitted I think 2??

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