The reason why we made this rule was because some people were getting upset that many prospects were being taken in the regular draft, even if they aren't going to play in the NHL that year. This rule addresses that, as the prospects who don't play in the NHL will be put into the prospect draft (NOT the regular draft). This strengthens the prospect pick value every season.
If you use a keeper on that "prospect", then this rule is completely voided.
Now, as I said, we can always re-do, deny, or completely ignore this rule if people like. If it is too complicated, we can just dump the whole rule all together.
Originally Posted by wflames
With all due respect, what was this supposed to address? If the prospect picked in the main draft doesn't play 40 games, the GM has already been punished with a season of uselessness out of one of his players. And on the second rule, if a GM thought that a prospect was worth taking in the main draft, then it is virtually certain that someone we'll think he's worth taking in the main draft a year later, too. Unless you're saying he would be ineligible for the following main draft.
This is what I am trying to say. He would be ineligible to be taken in the main draft the following year. Hence why the prospect pick(s) would become even more valuable.