Thread: Speculation: Question about Trouba
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02-07-2013, 05:15 PM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by bigplay41 View Post
I thought that too but someone mentioned he cannot do that
Originally Posted by cheswick View Post
Why couldn't he do that? Wheeler did just that with the Coyotes. Shultz did it this past off-season. Four years after his draft a player can declare himself a free agent and sign with whomever he wants.
Yes, for NCAA players it is 4 years. However had Schultz not "declared" himself a pro and returned for his senior year he would have been Ducks property until August 15th, 2013. For a Trouba though his rights will not expire until August 15th following his senior year, not June 1 after his junior year like Wheeler and Schultz when they declared to be pros following junior year, a loophole only available for players who play elsewhere pre-NCAA but after being drafted.

But why in the hell is it more likely that Trouba does this than ANY OTHER DRAFT PICK? Any pick can do this, including picks out of Europe or CHL. A player drafted out of WHL can simply wait two years refusing to sign and then they head back into draft. Wait two more and they are free agents. Why does Trouba do this, yet it's inconceivable a WHL/OHL/QMJHL players refuses to sign?

It just makes no sense why people talk about this for Trouba, but not say Scheifele (although he is now signed, pre-signing it was never an issue). Any player has this right, due to a couple high profile cases now everyone assumes it's only for NCAA players to do this, and that they do this commonly. Both are completely false.

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