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03-25-2012, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Problematique View Post
Can anybody explain to a foreigner what prospects are all about?
Is it like branding young college/AHL players preventing them from being poached and being able to call them up to the pros whenever you see fit?

What if any, type of salary are they on?

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Without going too much into the details and semantics, when an NHL team drafts a young prospect (from college, the OHL, WHL, QMJHL, KHL, etc), it basically means that the prospect's "rights" to sign an NHL contract are owned by that NHL team...so yea, that player cannot be poached by another NHL team. The prospect does not have to sign a contract right away though, they can play in their junior league or college for a few more years before their team has to sign them.

EDIT: So until they sign a contract with their NHL team, they get no salary.

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