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09-16-2012, 10:11 AM
Jimmi McJenkins
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Originally Posted by Fincan View Post
This has probably been answered in other threads but I can't find it. How is RNH eligible to play in the AHL? He is still junior aged and only has 3 junior seasons under his belt. My understanding was you had to have played 4 to be able to play minor-pro instead of junior ala Jason Spezza. I thought the only other way to play AHL for a junior aged player is if you were coming out of a Euro League with no junior team holding your rights. Is there some type of clause regarding number if NHL games or had Red Deer released RNH's rights or something?
It simply comes down to if you've got a full year of NHL service, you qualify in this instance for the AHL. I believe the logic is that a player like this would likely be in the NHL, so with no NHL the AHL is suitable.

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