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06-30-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Fozz View Post
The draft age being so low is, IMO, a major problem. During the last lock-out, the NHL messed up a glorious opportunity to cancel the '05 draft and move the minimal age to 19 for the '06 draft (I guess we have the Crosby show to blame for that one!).

18 is just too early in the development stage to make a proper evaluation on most of these guys and makes the draft too much of a guessing game. Considering how much money and time is invested in player development, this really has to be re-evaluated.
I don't think that's the case at all. 10-20 years ago we would never see 18 year olds have such an impact in the NHL. Kids train much harder than they used to and are under a lot more exposure. It's much easier to scout. Heck, this whole website is based on amateur scouts discussing the opinions of professional scouts. To think the impact a kid like Nugent-Hopkins had despite being 170 lbs is incredible.

Scouting and development is now top notch. If there is a concern, it's for the older players 35+ that have guaranteed contracts no one wants to give, so they will start being flushed out gradually by kids.

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