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04-29-2012, 11:50 PM
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Two more potential collegiates to the CHL

Two more players that were potentially bound for college have opted to play in the CHL next season.

Miles Koules (son of Oren Koules) will be joining Medicine Hat while Ryan Hartman is set to go to Plymouth next year. Both were teammates at the NTDP. In Hartman's case, he was going to play with Dubuque next year because he still has some schooling left.

http://futureconsiderations.ca/koule...man-chl-bound/

Seems like the CHL is getting a head start on attracting players this year.

One has to wonder on the timing of things. Does a guy like Koules get drafted (higher) because he'll be in a Tigers system that has a strong development aspect to it?

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This could be just the start of the CHL signings. There are still quite a USANTDP boys out there who haven't officially made a choice: Trouba/Jones etc. On top of the players that could be directed by what ever NHL team drafts them.

Jt Miller is a prime example, he was guided by the Rangers to sign with the Whalers over North Dakota.

It tough to compete with the CHL when it comes to highly touted prospects. IMO the CHL is the fast route to the NHL for the top guys. They can play one or two seasons and be bumped up to their NHL team/AHL team. They can already be in a lead role when they come to the CHL:Top minutes along with powerplay time. Versus in College where they would be fighting for ice time and be competing against much older and stronger players. The CHL allows them to matchup against top NHL caliber talent on the first lines while still being much closer in age. Along with a bigger game schedule.

I know the development teams hate losing boys to the CHL, but for the top guys that have a shot at being a first or second round pick its tough to pass on. These boys have the best shot at developing quicker with the CHL route if they want to make it to the NHL faster.

When it comes to timing though, most of the development players start announcing right after the season is over. Most do this because playing in the CHL as a USANTDP player is frowned upon. They really try and get their players to go the college route. So to leave the team on good terms the players wait until their season is officially over to make their decision, when in all reality their minds could of been made up well before that.

But its a grey area for me, I understand that USANTDP is promoting college hockey but on the other hand I believe that the player should do what is best for their career and not be frowned upon. Both leagues have their advantages but that should be the players choice to decide which path to take.

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This could be just the start of the CHL signings. There are still quite a USANTDP boys out there who haven't officially made a choice: Trouba/Jones etc. On top of the players that could be directed by what ever NHL team drafts them.

Jt Miller is a prime example, he was guided by the Rangers to sign with the Whalers over North Dakota.

It tough to compete with the CHL when it comes to highly touted prospects. IMO the CHL is the fast route to the NHL for the top guys. They can play one or two seasons and be bumped up to their NHL team/AHL team. They can already be in a lead role when they come to the CHL:Top minutes along with powerplay time. Versus in College where they would be fighting for ice time and be competing against much older and stronger players. The CHL allows them to matchup against top NHL caliber talent on the first lines while still being much closer in age. Along with a bigger game schedule.

I know the development teams hate losing boys to the CHL, but for the top guys that have a shot at being a first or second round pick its tough to pass on. These boys have the best shot at developing quicker with the CHL route if they want to make it to the NHL faster.

When it comes to timing though, most of the development players start announcing right after the season is over. Most do this because playing in the CHL as a USANTDP player is frowned upon. They really try and get their players to go the college route. So to leave the team on good terms the players wait until their season is officially over to make their decision, when in all reality their minds could of been made up well before that.

But its a grey area for me, I understand that USANTDP is promoting college hockey but on the other hand I believe that the player should do what is best for their career and not be frowned upon. Both leagues have their advantages but that should be the players choice to decide which path to take.
Excellent post.

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Hartman seems like a prototype CHL player. He'll fit in well with his style of play. Koules had a tough year so this probably a good chance for him to make himself relevant again with a high profile program. He's a project.

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