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Why was Vanek drafted in 2003?

He was born January 1984 but part of the 2003 draft...Does anyone know why? Was he passed up the year before?

Horton was born in May 1985 and part of the same draft. Fleury November 1984.

Anyone know why?

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Back in the day, if you went the NCAA route you had to play a year before getting drafted (something like that). Parise, Brown, and Kesler same thing from that draft

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Back in the day, if you went the NCAA route you had to play a year before getting drafted (something like that). Parise, Brown, and Kesler same thing from that draft
Thanks, any idea why they scrapped that rule?

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Back in the day, if you went the NCAA route you had to play a year before getting drafted (something like that). Parise, Brown, and Kesler same thing from that draft
Brown came out of juniors.

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Thanks, any idea why they scrapped that rule?
It was excessively punitive. A high school player bound for college was eligible to be drafted, and a college player after his sophomore year was automatically eligible to be picked without losing his collegiate eligibility. But a college freshman had to opt in, and would lose his collegiate eligibility forever.

The NHL didn't like the idea of kids possibly leaning toward junior hockey at the expense of college hockey on the basis of a disproportionate rule, so they junked it.

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That was a pretty dumb rule. Good to hear they changed it.

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