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What if the NHL draft had a minimum age of 20 or 21?

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What if the NHL draft had a minimum age of 20 or 21?

The NFL draft's minimum age is essentially 21, and the cool thing about that is that a ton of players from the first few rounds instantly become great players on the team that drafted them. It's nothing like the NHL draft.

Maybe the NHL could move the minimum age back by 1 over two or three seasons?

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Would make drafting much less of a crap shoot, especially after the first round.

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Nah, because once you're drafted you can go back to Junior to play. In the NFL you can't develop any further. If in hockey once you signed you had to play with the big club or in the AHL I would deem it necessary.

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It'd be cool to have more instant impact players, but Ekblad just won the Calder as an 18 year old defenseman. Doesn't that make this the worst year to suggest something like this?

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^Did anyone else have an impact though? No one in the first round at least.

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It would mean fewer poor picks by teams, but some players would develop worse than they do now due to being forced to play at a lower level. Since players can get drafted but then return to junior there really isn't any harm being done to the players with the current system. It could also lead to some players going to European leagues in search of some money prior to their 20s.

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The NFL draft's minimum age is essentially 21, and the cool thing about that is that a ton of players from the first few rounds instantly become great players on the team that drafted them. It's nothing like the NHL draft.

Maybe the NHL could move the minimum age back by 1 over two or three seasons?
21 won't pass the legal mustard up here in Canada

19 is about as old as they be able to get away with.

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As long as there's 18 year olds fresh from the draft making an impact in the league it's not a good idea. The league/sport needs stars in the spotlight as much as possible. Holding them back for a few more years just because most prospects aren't ready isn't a good idea.

It'd also make the draft order more important and scouting less important. It'd definitely make the draft more interesting (especially from a BPA or draft for need standpoint) but I think it's bad for the game.

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I believe the NHL has the best draft system. It gives the players and the teams more flexibility and the teams can call the players up when ready. Kids can only be selected between the ages 18-20 allows players who aren't drafted to develop further and prove themselves as opposed to the NBA/NFL where players must declare for the draft even though they aren't ready. In the 2015 NFL draft, 24 of 84 early-entry prospects went undrafted. Those players could have 1-2 years left of NCAA eligibility under the NHL rules to further develop and prove themselves, and they could be drafted (or again).

If a team drafts a player who chooses the major junior route, they own the player's rights for two years and they can put the kid on the NHL/AHL when the player is ready, although he can be sent back to junior for his 18/19 year old seasons.

If a team drafts a player in the NCAA, they have his rights throughout his college career and if the time is right for the player, he can make the jump to the NHL at any time. Reminds me of when Chris Kreider won the national championship for Boston College in 2012 and then 2 nights later he was in the lineup for the Rangers.

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