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08-08-2012, 04:33 AM
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Don't they have to wait for all the CHL players to play a game before they can be included or something? I remember this last year.
its more complicated. The CHL players like Yakupov who make the jump to the NHL will always be in the game, but prospects who jump from the CHL to the AHL will be out of the game for a little while.
The reason for this is once a CHL player leaves the CHL, the licensing agreement takes them out of the game. Each and every AHL player has to sign forms allowing their likeness to be used in a game. If a player ever plays in an NHL game, their automatically entered into the NHLPA for their career. NHLPA has a licensing agreement to allow any player in the NHLPA to be added into EA's NHL game.
Now heres where the tricky part comes in and why all our prospects in the CHL last season will be on our teams. The reason for this is because when the game is shipped and until those players play a game in the NHL or AHL or ECHL, or any other league, they are still under the licensing agreements with the CHL. Meaning those prospects will be on their CHL teams. But once the season starts, many of them (ones who go to the AHL) are taken out of the game as now all those players do not have licensed agreements until they sign their forms.
This happens in the 2nd roster update (1st one is release day, 2nd is end of October) when NHL teams have their teams set so EA can update rookies to adjust their CHL ratings to NHL ratings.
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