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07-08-2011, 09:50 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.
It's a great idea. The only downside I see is for the truly gifted 1st overall picks, like Crosby. That, and the logistics of skipping a draft year might be a pain.

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