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03-14-2013, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Section32 View Post
Maybe someone with knowledge on the subject could help out here, but I believe for many years, teams were given an initial opportunity to sign/draft players from within a certain geographical area (150 miles?) of the home rink- thus hurting Boston and NY for some time...though this may be completely wrong.

Montreal is the question for me. I know they had amazing teams in the early days of the draft- as did the Leafs in the early 60's- just not sure if that was luck or just that the Habs were who they were.
Territorial rights. During the Original 6 Days, Rangers only won 3 Cups, same for the Blackhawks and Bruins. Detroit won 7.

The first REAL draft didn't happen until 1969. From 63-68 it was for players whose rights were not already owned.

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