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10-28-2003, 08:17 AM
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The rule that a player must be 20 only applies to players drafted out of Canadian Junior leagues. The full rule is that a player drafted out of the CHL (which includes the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL) cannot play in the AHL unless he is at least 20 years old or has played 4 seasons in the CHL (Spezza was allowed to play in the AHL at 19 last year since he was in the CHL at 15). Jonasen, being drafted out of Europe, could have been signed to a pro contract and sent to Hartford if management decided that's what they wanted to do. They decided to let him get his feet wet in North America in Juniors instead.

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