The CHL has approached the NHL on the rule that let's players drafted outside of the CHL, but later end up playing in the CHL, that these players are currently not held to the CHL rule that states a drafted prospect has to be 20 years old or have played 4 full seasons in order to leave the CHL for the AHL.
John Carlson was able to leave the CHL for the AHL at 19 because he wasn't drafted out of the CHL. How this could relate to the Habs is with Jarred Tinordi. Say things go really well for him in London this year, as it stands now, the Habs could sign him next summer and put him in Hamilton, but the CHL would like to put a stop to this.
It's a losing battle. It's player development over CHL product. NHL and AHL teams have the obvious preference. While I do understand where CHL is coming from, kind of a ***** if a player is ready for AHL, but not NHL, what's he do? Stay forced in the CHL?
**** the CHL. They are the reason Lats wasn't able to develop properly (play in the AHL as a 18 and 19 year old), and are the reason 16 year old kids are having their careers ruined being on the wrong side of vicious hits by men in their 20s...
CHL is 60-ish money-grubbing hacks across Canada keeping kids in the CHL longer than they should so they can make money off of them. European goalies get to play in the pros by 18 or so, ours have to wait until 20.