Junior B Players In The NHL
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12-08-2012, 08:58 PM
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This is interesting. I guess since I grew up in Saskatchewan, where Junior B is an after thought for most players, I look at Junior B as the equivalent of making the NHL from Brazil. At least out West it seems most 15 year olds play Midget AAA as it is higher caliber (though debateable I guess) than Junior B. Junior C is a new thing in Saskatchewan and is essentially an extension of the minor hockey zones. It would be astonishing for a NHLer coming out of that.
Now why did many of the Ontario players play Junior B instead of Midget AAA (or whatever the equivalent is that sends teams to the Telus Cup)? Is Junior more formalized in Ontario? What I mean is does an OHL club have a Junior A affiliate, which has a Junior B affiliate etc.? It seems the WHL clubs do not and their draft picks play whereever they would have normally (I.e. the Saskatoon Blades wouldn't send their 15 year olds to the Saskatoon Contacts, the kid plays in BC if he's from there etc.)
Junior C in Saskatchewan is an interesting concept - open zones, shorter schedule:
Midget AAA, a mid 1970s phenomena that bridged the transition from Bantam/Juvenile/Junior to Bantam/Midget/Junior?Major Junior, took a number of years to implement.
There were a number of issues - private school teams - Saskatchewan with Notre Dame, Quebec with high school ending at grade 11 = 17 year olds, not all provinces have the minor/major distinction for the categories, etc.
Junior B was an option to maintain NCAA eligibility.
Usually major junior teams in the Q have placement agreements with junior A teams as opposed to affiliate agreements or return certain Midget AAA eligible players to the midget teams as a 17 year olds.
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