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02-21-2013, 09:43 AM
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KeithBWhittington
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The tone of this thread has told me one thing:

They need to raise the draft eligible age to at least 20. You have players that are taking upwards of close to decade to fully realize potential or you are playing the waiting game as some believe its unfair to pass judgement before you see them play in the NHL or bust completely, which could be as long as 5 or 6 years or even longer.

The Canadain junior system, along with the US developmental programs, USHL and world junior leagues, not to mention USHS, are no where close to the barometer you need to judge these kids properly at 17 or 18 years old. Regardless of where they play, they are playing against what seems like 75 percent of players that will never sniff pro hockey. About the closest barometer you have is the elite leagues in Europe or the KHL, and even those leagues are full of North American washouts not to mention the bigger rinks that lends itself to a different style of game than North America.

Until they fix the feeder system for the NHL draft itself, it will cease to be anything more than a "Shot in the dark" system, even deep drafts are spoken of about dropping off somewhere after or in the middle of, the second round.


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