Thread: Denmark: Prospect Nikolaj Ehlers
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04-21-2014, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ElQuapo View Post
I'm pretty sure it depends on rights being owned or not - not where players are drafted from.

That is why sometimes a CHL team will take a chance and draft a top european prospect in the CHL-Import-draft, even though the player has expressed no desire to play junior hockey.

When the player is then drafted to the NHL, the CHL team which drafted him in the Import-draft might get lucky, that the NHL team signs the player and sends them down to the junior team.

Also, because CHL teams can only have two import players, they might actually release a players rights in order to bring in someone else. In that case, the player who's rights are released can play in the AHL even though he is under 20.
I don't think that is correct. I'll refer to this sticky thread from the AHL subforum. Which clarifies that the CHL/NJL agreement doesn't cover european players if they are drafted out of Europe, even if they later play in the CHL.

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