Griffin Reinhart Russia/Canada
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08-18-2012, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Halifax, NS
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I can trust the CHL and NHL agreeing on something that makes sense for both of them. That might simply be the status quo. If not, and the NHL wants to get a handful (or more) of 19 year olds into the AHL, then I'd trust the CHL to represent their interests wisely for their end of the deal.
The exceptional status in this case might have to do with the needs of the NHL team and not simply the player's status among his peers. It may be AHL/NHL-centric as opposed to focusing on the CHL's end. Between them, they could agree on different requirements, put it up to a vote of some kind for each petitioner, or simply set a limit to how many. (Instead of one 19-year-old player/team/year, they could even have the limit be one 19-year-old player/team/3 years or some other variation.)
Other than winning a championship, does Strome really have that much left to prove in the OHL?
Strome was 3rd in the OHL in scoring as a 17 year old (2 points behind the leaders who were both much older than him; one player was over one year older and the other was over 3 years older.) The next season (2011-12) he stayed with the Islanders for a bit without playing, then they sent him back to his OHL squad and wished him to focus on his goalscoring.
While Strome's point totals were reduced (10 point drop in pace), Strome increased his goalscoring output from 0.508 to 0.652 goals/game and had a rather successful playoff run (finishing 5th in OHL playoff scoring. Again, the players that outscored Strome were 5 months older or more. Not quite as important, but worth noting to some degree.)
So other than winning a championship and aiming for the scoring title (or trying further to increase his ability to score goals), does Strome really have much still to prove at this level?
P.S. Stepping away from HF for the day. If required, I'll respond later at night or tomorrow sometime. Good back and forth.
The CHL will not agree. It need those players as its stars.
The deal is if they aren't ready for the NHL, they aren't ready to play in the AHL either. The "exceptional" rule already exists - they can play in the NHL. Those kids, especially ones that aren't physically filled out (i.e., almost all of them), should be playing against elite kids their own size, not a bunch of scrubs.
If the NHL doesn't like it, it can find another league of 60 teams comprising of 25 players each to mine from.
Most of the players we're talking about should be in the CHL. To say they have nothing more to learn there is silly. Most of those players will be on playoff teams (the CHL works by teams with a chance loading up for a run for a year or two followed by a couple years of rebuilding, thus the best CHL players end up on good teams typically).
The Memorial Cup is the hardest championship to win in hockey. You've got to win your league, then a week-long tournament of champions. Nino would have been better served at 19 in Portland playing in the WHL finals than in Bridgeport.
What you also may not be aware of is that the same union represents CHL and AHL & ECHL players. I'm not sure the AHL players want to be losing paying jobs for their scrubs to a bunch of kids that should be in the CHL either.
As for Strome, what does he have to prove? That he can dominate, but more importantly, that he can put on more weight and muscle playing against kids his own size and smaller instead of being manhandled by a bunch of meathead scrubs in the AHL because he's undersized and weak.
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