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11-11-2003, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Return of the Vin
Buffaloed, the AHL has rules specifying only a handful of "veterans" can play at a time, so teams HAVE to go with rookies who look like they're in over their heads.
I'm aware of the rule. I believe it's 6 vets and 1 exempt supervet. It was put in place to foster prospect development in the AHL. It has the opposite effect when players are forced to try to compete at a level that's too high for them. The rule should be changed to specify a team must have a minimum number (14-15) of players on entry level contracts playing minor North American pro hockey and their distribution should be left up to their NHL club. I think that would make for a higher quality of play all around and give the ECHL a stronger link with the NHL.

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