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What Happens to Undrafted Players?

210 players get selected in every draft. Countless others go undrafted. After the disappointment of not hearing their name called, it's a matter of how hard a player is willing to work to make it to the NHL.

http://thehockeywriters.com/what-hap...ockey-players/

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Was there ever a reason given for cutting the draft from nine rounds to seven?

With the unpredictability of the later rounds and the extreme variability of each teams' respective draft rankings, I'm sure there are many players that some teams have in their top 100 (or 150 or whatever) who go undrafted. Say 15 teams had Aho in their top 100 but every time one of those teams went to pick, they still had a guy ahead of him remaining.

Being undrafted doesn't necessarily mean that no team thought he was worthy of being drafted...it just means all the teams that did think highly of that player simply ran out of picks by the time he was their BPA.

Even with nine rounds, this wouldn't be eliminated, but it could be mitigated.

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Was there ever a reason given for cutting the draft from nine rounds to seven?
I think it was a concession to the NHLPA. Basically the theory is more guys not getting drafted then becoming UFAs is good for the players

I am guessing if the league wanted to increase the amount of rounds in the draft, the NHLPA would make an issue out of it.

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Not getting drafted can be a blessing in disguise. For many reasons.

1) Motivation. You come back to your junior team and see your teammate has been drafted and you go ''man I'm better than him''. So you work harder to prove that you actually are and thus, develop faster than him.

2) Freedom. You actually get to choose where you take your career to. You can pick what development camp you will attend (depending on the invites you get). If you get offers after your junior career, you can choose to go to your favourite childhood team.

3) Not getting drafted doesn't mean you will be ignored from now on. Teams will still be watching you. If their 7th rounder doesn't pan out, they won't sign him, yet if you keep on working hard and improving, they'll have a lot more interest in signing you than their 7th rounder who has stalled.

You have just as much of a chance as getting a contract as any 7th rounders. Plenty of junior overagers or college free agents get signed all the time.

4) No time being wasted in ECHL/AHL. How many 7th rounders actually make the NHL? As a 20 years old you can jet to the KHL, DEL, NLA or SHL and make a very decent living. You'll play against men and will continue to develop while having a great life. After 2-3 years you could get offers from the NHL and you'd be very close to getting NHL playing time instead of dwelling in the AHL.

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They become undrafted free agents.

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They become undrafted free agents.
Not all.

Undrafted players who are no longer draft eligible become UFAs.

Undrafted Players who remain draft eligible become UFAs only if they sign within a certain window(*) - otherwise they are ineligible to sign/play that season and may be selected in the following draft.

(*)
20+ yo North American players (players who played in North America the previous season): from July 1 until the start of the NHL Regular Season.
18 & 19 yo North American players: from July 1 until the start of the Major Juniors season.
22+ non-North American players: from July 1 until the start of the NHL Regular Season.
18-21 yo non-North American players: not eligible to become undrafted UFAs.

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8.9 Eligibility for Play in the League. No Player shall be eligible for play in the League
unless he:

(a) had been claimed in the last Entry Draft, or was ineligible for claim under Section
8.4; or

(b) had been eligible for claim in the last Entry Draft, but was unclaimed, and:
(i) had played hockey in North America the prior season and was age 20 or
older at the time of the last Entry Draft, and signed an SPC which was
signed and registered with the League between the conclusion of the Entry
Draft and commencement of the next NHL Season.

(ii) had played hockey in North America the prior season and was under age
20 at the time of the last Entry Draft, and signed an SPC which was signed
and registered with the League between the conclusion of the Entry Draft
and commencement of the Major Juniors season (except that if such
Player had signed an NHL try-out form, which was signed and registered
with the League during the aforesaid time period, then the deadline for
signing and registering with the League an SPC with such try-out Club
shall be the commencement of the NHL Season).

(iii) had played hockey outside of North America in the prior season and was
age 22 or older at the time of the last Entry Draft and signed an SPC which
was signed and registered with the League between the conclusion of the
Entry Draft and the commencement of the next NHL Season.
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(d) Draft-Related Unrestricted Free Agents.

(i) Any Player not eligible for claim in any future Entry Draft pursuant to this
Agreement and not on a Club's Reserve List shall be an Unrestricted Free
Agent. Further, any Player eligible for claim in the Entry Draft, but who
was unclaimed, shall be an Unrestricted Free Agent subject to the
provisions of Section 8.9(b).

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