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08-15-2014, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
Just had another idea...

The USHL has a team of all their best junior aged players... Team USA... which basically puts all the better players together on one team and they play together and the benefits obviously are that the players on this "elite team" benefit by playing with a higher level of teammates + this team plays games versus better opposition during the year as well (top junior teams from other countries etc).

Why couldn't something similar be done with the elite players from the CHL?

Take the best 20-25 WHL/OHL/QMJHL players and have them all on one team... they benefit by playing with other elite players and they get to play all season versus other elite junior teams.

If it works for the USHL why couldn't it work in the CHL?

This in my mind would be a step between playing on a regular WHL/OHL/QMJHL team all season and stepping up to an AHL team... this (in theory) would be a decent compromise.
Probably because CHL teams wouldn't want to risk losing the star players that make them money.

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