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01-05-2013, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by robdicks View Post
If NCAA allows CHL players to be considered, the CHL will be in big trouble. Full-ride scholarships? Only the top 5 draft picks will stay. Anyone who isn't good enough to to be a top pick, would be stupid not to get a degree. The only reason more don't go to the NCAA is because they want to elevate their game when they are 16.
It would hurt but I'm not sure it would be as bad as some think. If anything it might do a some damage to the AHL and a lot of damage to the lower pro leagues (ECHL, SPHL, etc.) since there's no age restriction on NCAA players. I can easily see much of that going to guys who went unsigned by their NHL teams after being drafted once their CHL eligibility is up. The option basically already exists for a lot of these guys though since they can always play junior A until graduating HS then take the NCAA route. Aside from Towes and Turris most of the top talents still take the CHL route in recent years.

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