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11-10-2003, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sammy
Few points.
First, I dont think its "probable" that Kovalchuk will be a franchise player. I think its a gimme & he probably already is.
2nd, as refrenced above, Semin & Babchuk could have played, they were judged mot worthy.
3rd, only the most biased observer would argue against the fact that Canada his hurt way worse than any other team by eligible players playing in the NHL.
You have your opinion. In mine, I prefer to wait more than years before affirming a 20 YO player is a «gimme » franchise player. Just 2 months ago, many observers thought that Kovalkchuk had a great record in his first two years because he played with Heatly.

The Canadian Team is for sure paying for his geographic proximity to the NHL teams. I only wanted to point out that it is not the only one and that it would not have made any change last year...

Personnaly I would agree that a rule forces the NHL teams to release all eligible players for the World Championship. I would also prefer that 18 YO juniors be available for Entry Draft but would not be eligible to play until they reach 19. In most of the cases, it would be better for the kids development ( there is an excellent thread about it right here) and it would also be a great help for the junior team franchise owners to get some income for the kids theyr developed. Just to name one: How many dollars lost Chicoutimi last year because they lost PM Bouchard to Minnesota?

Edit: Carolina did not want to release Igor Knyazev, another 2001 first round pick.

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