How does it work inviting a guy who's committed to the NCAA next year. If we like him do we say, hey we like you sign with us in a few years? Does he go to the AHL and we sign him?
It's just like inviting a draft pick in the same situation, we can't pay for his traveling or accommodations.
After that, if both side want to sign an AHL or NHL deal, then do it, that will de-commit him from university. If either side finds he is not ready for pro, we can unofficially keep in touch with him and see the next season, or the next one, but he's still free to go with another organization when he is done with NCAA.
Interesting, and if it's an indication to something, Adam Tambellini (draft eligible) is playing in this team. He and Shaw had a lot of success this past season
Good find. Interesting idea and frankly, Tambellini is a top prospect for me leading to the draft. Type of players that freakin Bruins could snatch with their 2nd round pick.....let's use our own on him before them.
That link to the nhl.com roster also has players on it that are no longer in the organization like Patrick Johnson (who was never signed to begin with so no clue why he's listed).
nhl.com lists players whose rights are owned by NHL teams and is fairly consistent with removing junior and European players but it keeps players on the list if they don't play four consecutive years of college after being drafted. Patrick Johnson was drafted after he played one year in college. However, Daniel Pribyl and Olivier Archambault, and others were drafted in 2011 but went unsigned and was removed shortly after June 1st of this month. I'm wondering if they will remove him from nhl.com after August 15 when they remove the other graduated college players.