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03-13-2007, 03:07 AM
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Originally Posted by WheatiesHockey View Post
The policy has to be based on the generality not the exception. A team of 16 and 17 year olds at the junior ranks is a formula for losing games. There might be a spot or two for a promising 16 year old, but generally his ice time will be limited.
The WHL teams have a sensible policy of allowing a maximum of 5 games for 15 year old prospects (if needed) and a limited number of 16 year old roster players.
Often times a 16 tear old player could be playing many quality minutes at the Midget level, but becomes a bench warmer or healthy scratch at the junior level.
Naturally there are exceptions, but not that many.
I see what you're saying, but we're talking about USA juniors. Not CHL. Leagues like the USHL, NAHL, AJHL, and EJHL. Are you telling me there aren't 15-16 year olds ready for that? Please. I know a few 14 year olds faster than kids I know on EJ teams. Jeremy Morin is top 10 in scoring for the syracuse stars junior A team as a 15 year old 91. So the rule would be ridiculous if implemented...

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