With all the conversations about our young prospects am I the only one that thinks the AHL should have a special exemptions rule like junior hockey.
Junior hockey teams were the ones screaming and moaning about losing star players to the nhl teams farm clubs so they instituted the 20 year old rule.A player can not play for an AHL league team unless he is either 20 years of age or will turn 20 on or before December 31.These rules only apply to CHL drafted players.
If the CHL teams can have a special exemption rule for 15 year olds, ala John Tavares(who I believe the rule was made for)then I think the AHL should have the same rule.There is no way they should have a leg to stand on to stop it.
There can be some adjustments to the rule.Instead of an NHL team having to decide in 9 games whether to keep or return a player to their CHL club,force them to play them the minimum 10 and pay their NHL contract.Now they can give them X number of games to see how they are developing at the NHL level.If not ready,send them to the farm and move them up and down with injuries or not.Another requirement can be 1st round draft picks only make the elegabilty rule.Either way the NHL teams should have more say about their top picks reguarding development.Pretty simple.
Edited by cowboy644, 09 August 2014 - 10:40 AM.