I am someone who is a diehard NFL fan and NHL fan. One of the biggest things I have always wondered is why is it that the NFL is more competitive than NHL and why is it that teams tend to come out of nowhere in the NFL so much. The answer I think is easy when someone thinks about the question. It comes down to the fact that NFL players can make a big impact when they get drafted yet NHL guys can not. . NHL prospects get drafted to teams at 18 or 19 years of age while NFL players get drafted on average at 21 or 22. In the NFL, drafting really does pay and it pays right away. Consider the Green Bay Packers who virtually never go out and get free agents. They have a start studded team that was built on drafting. They won a Super Bowl because of there ability to draft.
Now look at the Seattle Seahawks who have had a remarkable turn around this season and are everyones x factor team to win the Super Bowl.
There quarterback Russel Wilson was a third round pick this year. Arguably there best receiver, Golden Tate was a 2nd round pick 3 years ago.
There star cornerback Richard Sherman who many have dubbed as the best cornerback in the game was a fifth round pick 2 seasons ago.
There star linebacker Bobby Wagner was a second round pick this year. The list goes on and on and on.
There are so many Seattles and Green Bays of the world that one can look at in the NFL over time.
Overall it is widely known that NFL picks can make a big impact right away and when you get a first rounder he is usually starting for your team.
Now lets look at the NHL and there drafts. I decided to go through the 2011 draft. I found there were 6 players out of the whole draft that played in the NHL last season. Two of them in Mark Schiefile and Mika Zibenjad played a grand total of 9 games.
I then decided to look at the 2010 draft. Only 13 players from the draft had played a game in the past 2 seasons. Out of the 13, Jaden Schwarz played 7 games last season and Jason Zucker played six.
All of this illustrates points that some of you may already know. NHL players do not do squat in there first two seasons unless they are top five picks. Even if you are a top 5 pick you may not make the impact right away. For example in 2011, picks #3-5 (Erik Gudbranson, Ryan Johansen, Niro Neiderreiter) did not play in there first season. In 2012 picks #3 and #5 (Jonathan Huburdeau and Ryan Strome) did not play in there first season.
I know I am just a random poster on CDC and truthfully my opinion means absolute squat but does it not make sense for the NHL to delay its draft illegibility year so the players drafted come in more ready and the game is more competitive. It isnt like these kids are making money anyways as there entry level contract kicks in when they play 9+ games. It also isnt like the teams benefit from these players. Usually the teams that get higher picks have to wait a few years for these guys to make an impact anyways unless your the worst team in the league that is. Even then, a #1 pick can not do enough by himself to change the fortunes of the team. Usually the worst team in the league is among the worst the season after despite the impact player they got.
If the NHL changed its draft eligibility to 19 or 20 years of age (20 is the max age a player can play in the CHL until) the players would be more ready to make an impact in the NHL. This change would also result in a bigger draw in the CHL as there players would be better and slightly older. Overall, this is a situation that is a proverbial win win for the NHL and prospect development leagues such as the CHL.
I really do not see any harm in this idea. Curious to see what the opinion of CDC is
Edited by canuckbeliever, 29 December 2012 - 02:33 AM.