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04-04-2012, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Redwic View Post
Again, I said that 18YOs and 19YOs in the AHL (and especially the NHL) are the elite/semi-elite. If having 18YOs and 19YOs in the AHL was an advantage, more teams would being doing that with their drafted players.
There are very few situations where this is possible. 18 and 19 year old kids drafted from the CHL can't play in the AHL and the NCAA and European kids usually stay and play for their schools or in their domestic leagues until they are atleast 20 unless they are sure fire NHL'ers like Victor Hedman.

Playing as an 18 year old in the AHL hasn't seemed to hurt Slava Voynov, an undersized offensive d-man. Jones because of his late birth date will be 19 by the time that season starts, and Jones is much more physically mature than Voynov was.

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