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02-11-2012, 12:42 AM
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WesternHockeyScout
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You hit the nail on the head.

Two things the WHL can do to get more value from their draft picks.

1.) As you said, move the draft back a year

and;

2.) Host a Territorial Tournament prior to the draft. Form 8 Regional Teams with players who want to go the WHL route and are willing to sign immediately. Form the teams from BC, Northern Alberta (Red Deer & North), Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and USA. These teams should include most of your top 5 round potential picks. Have them play a round robin tournament against each other so apples and apples can be compared.

Host the Tournament from Thursday to Sunday on draft week and make the first round picks the Sunday afternoon following the final games and lock up your first round picks on the spot.

The WHL is a over 100 million dollar a year business. It's worth getting it right the first time.

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