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Prospect Talk PART VI
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02-14-2013, 12:07 PM
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The advantages for the Isles are:
1) They can sign him after his college season is up and burn a year of his ELC. This is a big deal. The ELC comes with a max salary and must be a 2-way deal. For a player aged 22-23, it must be a 2-year deal. This means he can sign with the Isles and be an RFA after next year. If he plays well next year, he could command a 1-year deal and a bigger salary. Any other team he signs with, he doesn't become an RFA for another year (of course, that depends on the Isles offering him a deal before the end of the NHL season).
2) The Isles are building a young team, and he will have the opportunity to earn a spot. Yes, the Isles have some good prospects. But they don't have a ton of established forwards that are basically guaranteed ice time.
Not saying it is a sure thing he will sign here, but there are definitely reasons to do so.
The key word here is "building." Why not go to a good, young team that is already highly competitive like the Blues where they have excellent young talent, are already a playoff team and have a proven record of providing opportunity for young talent?
Does a young free agent really want to play for Jack Capuano or on a team without a top goaltender or the semblance of NHL calibre defenseman, save for Hamonic?
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