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03-25-2012, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
Prospects are players who have been selected by the team in the NHL entry draft. They are young players the team hopes to develop into NHLers. Prospects are not paid by their NHL teams until they make the big club. They do get paid by their AHL club when they play in the minors though (the AHL is the last stop before reaching the NHL). Generally, the only prospects who can be called up are the AHLers. You can technically call up any player signed to an ELC (entry level contract), whether they're playing in Canadian major junior or in the European pro leagues, but that rarely happens. The ELCs of prospects on major junior teams remain dormant unless they're called up to the NHL. European pros don't typically sign ELCs until they're ready to leave Europe, but teams will sometimes sign prospects and let them spend an extra year developing in Europe. Other prospects cannot be called up because they play in amateur leagues like the NCAA or the Junior A leagues and cannot sign a contract without ruining their eligibility. These players don't sign ELCs until they are ready to leave for the AHL or NHL.

So for example, this thread is about Chris Kreider. Kreider is the Ranger's top prospect and plays in the NCAA. The Rangers can't call him up. They do, however, hope to sign Kreider to an ELC when his season ends because they believe he is NHL ready. That's why a lot of people are rooting for Kreider's team (Boston College) to be knocked out of the NCAA tournament. They want his college season to end so the Rangers can sign him.
Excellent. Cheers Zil and MrHockey for the explanation. I've become quite fond of the game and love hearing about how the off-ice, behind the scenes stuff works.

Let's hope Kreider can be the wonder boy everybody is expecting him to be.

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