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