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11-15-2012, 05:25 PM
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A player gets drafted and the team has one year to sign him to a pro contract, is this correct?

Once signed most players go back to their junior team or college teams etc. for another year. The player then chooses to continue school or join the teams affiliate where he starts getting paid to play etc. Training and all that other stuff that costs the team money. How old is this player now maybe 18 - 19 - 20 ? If you follow the Canadiens system he will play up to 3 seasons in AHL before getting a sniff at he NHL unless he is exceptional like Subban. So now this player is ready to play in the NHL and he only 2 seasons away from UFA? Why are teams even willing to draft and develop players only to see them leave before they hit their prime? Most players still have a development curve once they hit the NHL as well, lets say the are making league minimum thats still half a million dollars a season to help a guy develop just so he can leave to UFA.

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