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04-24-2012, 12:20 PM
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The August 15 graduating class clause needs to be changed in addition to the Wheeler clause of a player dropping out school after the 4th June he was drafted. Player agent and former player Jason Woolley was on twitter discussing this topic. He must know something
That's the problem. Free agent. I'm sure the PA will go to the mat to protect college hockey players. That's the most important issue facing the NHL and NHLPA. It is for Woolley who represents those players.
If the NHLPA forces a change in how college players are handled, making it so NHL teams don't hold their rights while they're still in college, then you're going to see a massive swing away from drafting college players and that would hurt the players more than help.
No one would want to spend a high draft pick on a kid that's going to college and might want to stay 3 or 4 years and loses their ability to keep playing college hockey if they sign a pro contract, but teams will be forced to sign them after 2 years.
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