Just wondering if any of you guys know why he was not drafted till he was 24 and then didn't play his first NHL season till 26?
Not sure on the drafting question, but as I recall it, NYR refused to give him a one way contract and he didn't want to make the "drive" to the US to play in the minors at the NYR's whim. Nashville took his rights in a deal for Dunham (to NAS: Zidlicky, Kloucek, Murray (Rem); to NYR: Dunham) and he asked us for a one way, which we gave.
What do you mean, aren't those actually good stats for such a young player? Zidlicky even had 21 points in 49 games as 20-year-old in Czech league. Also he had 5 assists in 7 games in WJCs that year, if I remember correctly leading all defenseman.
zidlicky didn't qualify technically for "rookie" status because he was over 25(which is what i assume you are asking)...otherwise,he would have been undoubtably selected as rookie of the year in the league..i don't agree with the over 25-under 25 rule myself...to me,whether a first year NHL player is 19 years old or 35 years old shouldn't really matter...if he has the best "rookie" year,he should be considered for the rookie of the year award...let the older guys have their day in the sun too
this was one of those rules put in in the 80's in the NHL,when European players were first being recruited and coming over in waves,and were of all ages....made sense back then,but now is really outdated in general
i dont get how raycroft can come in and keep having retries at a rookie season until he finally gets on his A-game, but Zidlicky can come in and dominate in his first season and be disqualified cuz hes 25