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12-08-2012, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Daneurism View Post
Here's my take on the increase in players getting exceptional status and applying for it: I'm all for it. I don't see any reason to put arbitrary guide lines like having to be a generational prospect or only letting a player receive it every few years so it doesn't lose it's luster. I don't care about these things. If the players are good enough to excel in junior hockey, that's where they should be. No reason for these guys to waste a year in AAA.
I don't think that's part of the calculation really, but I could be wrong. I feel like those theories are something that get made up on this board. The OHL granted Ekblad and McDavid exceptional player status to years in a row, so obviously they weren't worried they would look like they were opening the floodgates. I could see the number of players getting the status going up if anything, as kids are growing bigger and stronger earlier these days. Offseason training has a big part to that, as well as advanced nutrition, etc. I could see a time where there are a bunch of players who get the status every year or, and I'm going about out on a limb here, maybe they lower the age requirements eventually. Part of the reason this could happen is because the exceptional player status thing is a big deal for the teams with the first pick that year, and it could get political for the OHL brass to be hand picking the top picks every year.

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