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07-08-2011, 11:29 PM
Dom - OHL
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I could be way off here, but didn't the NHL drop their draft age because the WHA did after the threat of legal action by Ken Linesman?

I would be more than Ok with the draft age at 19 and having a player like a Sidney Crosby able to file for an exceptional status as an 18 year old much like the CHL does in their Priority Draft. It gives NHL teams the chance to better evaluate players.

But I am also fine with the current system. Teams are forced to take some risks and teams with exceptional scouting in place will do better. Sort of adds a competetive spirit off the ice.

With as tight as this years draft was, would waiting a year have made it any more clearer? Probably, yes, you would have seen more separation. But then that would take away the suspense, and the fun, out of trying to project where these players end up. Some teams have an advantage over others in this because they choose to do so. Those that don't fall behind.

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