Thread: Confirmed with Link: Canucks sign D Evan McEneny
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09-14-2012, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by VinnyC View Post
Was he undrafted? Didn't know NHL teams could lock them up before they lost their draft eligibility...
This is my understanding of the matter. North American juniors are draft eligible for 3 years, after which time they can be signed to an ELC any time throughout the season (ie, Archibald).

However, junior players can be signed after their first (or second) draft if they go undrafted by every team and are invited to a team's training camp (ie, Vancouver). This team will have a limited time period to sign the player: up until around the middle of September I believe (ie, now).

So a team could sign as many kids as they had contract slots for, after the kids' first (18-year-old) drafts. But, it must be done before their next junior seasons start.

I think this rule does not apply to European players - they must go through 3 drafts before being signed.

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