Ugh, Larmer. 50%+ of NHLers have suffered a concussion before they join the NHL.
As for this thread, just going to put this here:
Originally Posted by HossTheBoss
Something important to note this year, and going forward: Teams will have 4 years to sign European (excluding Russian - no transfer agreement) prospects. Some guys that may have gone unpicked before, because team's were worried they would take longer to develop, are now getting picked. I think that applies to Dahlstrom and Norell. Guys who the Hawks like their long-term potential, but may not have been picked as high (or at all) in previous years do to the lack of time to evaluate their development.
Good point Hoss, it really does make a difference. 3 years is barely enough to know what you have on your hands, especially Dmen.
It was actually 2 years before. And yes, I too think it made a huge difference in this draft for Chicago, and likely other teams as well. Having up to 4 years to decide whether to sign a guy or not is a significant increase from 2, in terms of being able to track a players development and figure out where they fit into your system and where/when you could see them on your team.