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04-23-2012, 10:13 PM
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A strong case can be made that collegiate play is a viable alternative to the juniors. NCAA coaches emphasize instruction and practice and turn out polished players. Playing 68 CHL games, traveling by bus, and having little time for instruction and practice, is not necessarily an advantage.

The Habs have a long history of drafting collegiate players dating back to the 1970s, such as Langway, Engblom, and Nyrop, who steered away from the juniors. Ken Dryden (drafted by the Bruins) is a Cornell graduate. Chris Chelios came from Wisconsin. John Leclair attended Vermont (as did Tim Thomas). Chris Higgins went to Yale and Mike Komisarek to Michigan. Eric Cole (drafted by Carolina) went to Carkson, Louis Leblanc went to Harvard.

Zach Parise attended North Dakota and never played a game in the CHL. Same with Ryan Suter and Thomas Vanek, Doug Weight, Ryan Whitney, and R.J. Umberger. There are lots of other successful NHL players who chose the collegiate route over the CHL.

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