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Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Thanks wingnut but that's not what I said.. They will change it because it's easier to draft and project 19-20 year olds than it is 18's. The bye-product of this will be for the better of HS kids not running around during HS years just because the draft comes right after graduation.

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

And what happens to the 18-19 year olds that are NHL ready like you've recently have seen? Do they wait on some beach for their shot or do they put up a couple points a game in junior hockey?

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Ahhhhhhhhh, I dunno. You think Connor McDavid would do well in Junior hockey this year?

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Allow for exceptional player exemption like the CHL does now. Real tough stuff to grasp.

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Taking older players at the NHL draft a new trend | Toronto Star

Headlines: NHL discussing moving draft age to 19 - Sportsnet.ca

NHL draft age change proposal | SI.com


Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

They really do not have to change much if anything. If an NHL team wants to draft a 17 year old kid, so be it. If they want to draft a third year eligible, so be it. I think the real issue is how do the NHL teams protect themselves from loosing an asset ( like Vesey) after three years of waiting. This is probably why so many NHL teams signed all of these underclassmen this summer because of the Vesey situation.

End of the day, the NHL teams do not invest much in a draft pick while waiting for them to sign. However, to be left high and dry leaves them pretty bitter!

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Anon
They really do not have to change much if anything. If an NHL team wants to draft a 17 year old kid, so be it. If they want to draft a third year eligible, so be it. I think the real issue is how do the NHL teams protect themselves from loosing an asset ( like Vesey) after three years of waiting. This is probably why so many NHL teams signed all of these underclassmen this summer because of the Vesey situation.

End of the day, the NHL teams do not invest much in a draft pick while waiting for them to sign. However, to be left high and dry leaves them pretty bitter!


I think you are exactly right about the reason for the talk of changing the draft age--Vesey definitely gamed the system. The NHL could "fix" this issue by simply extending the time where a draft pick remains the "property" of the drafting team, sort of like what colleges are trying to do by committing kids earlier and earlier.

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Anon
Anon
They really do not have to change much if anything. If an NHL team wants to draft a 17 year old kid, so be it. If they want to draft a third year eligible, so be it. I think the real issue is how do the NHL teams protect themselves from loosing an asset ( like Vesey) after three years of waiting. This is probably why so many NHL teams signed all of these underclassmen this summer because of the Vesey situation.

End of the day, the NHL teams do not invest much in a draft pick while waiting for them to sign. However, to be left high and dry leaves them pretty bitter!


I think you are exactly right about the reason for the talk of changing the draft age--Vesey definitely gamed the system. The NHL could "fix" this issue by simply extending the time where a draft pick remains the "property" of the drafting team, sort of like what colleges are trying to do by committing kids earlier and earlier.
You're giving Vesey too much credit. He didn't change the system, he did exactly what his good buddy did. Even went to the same team. Nothing original there.

Re: Local players on preliminary 2017 NHL Central Scouting draft list

Anon
Anon
Anon
They really do not have to change much if anything. If an NHL team wants to draft a 17 year old kid, so be it. If they want to draft a third year eligible, so be it. I think the real issue is how do the NHL teams protect themselves from loosing an asset ( like Vesey) after three years of waiting. This is probably why so many NHL teams signed all of these underclassmen this summer because of the Vesey situation.

End of the day, the NHL teams do not invest much in a draft pick while waiting for them to sign. However, to be left high and dry leaves them pretty bitter!


I think you are exactly right about the reason for the talk of changing the draft age--Vesey definitely gamed the system. The NHL could "fix" this issue by simply extending the time where a draft pick remains the "property" of the drafting team, sort of like what colleges are trying to do by committing kids earlier and earlier.
You're giving Vesey too much credit. He didn't change the system, he did exactly what his good buddy did. Even went to the same team. Nothing original there.


Vesey didn't change the system. He took advantage of it to the detriment of the team that drafted him--and still wanted him. No one cared when Hayes did it. Until it matters to someone things don't change.