hookshott Posted July 2, 2015 Share Posted July 2, 2015 Why oh why is the Entry Draft, 7 rounds???? I keep hearing how the later rounds are simply "crap shoots"......so why bother with them? Should teams be rewarded for being "lucky" in making a selection of an 18 year old who has not fully matured, physically, mentally and skill wise.....or, should we actually allow these players to develop and make the drafting of them at a later age, far more logical. The NBA figured this out years ago, and their draft is now only 2 rounds (and they moved their age limit up). Now, I realize they need fewer players on an NBA team than on a hockey team....plus, the NHL needs more players on their AHL etc teams for development purposes. But, let's be realistic. One of the problems the draft has, is the age at which players can be drafted. Why do we make it so young, when it is difficult to determine a players full potential....and then come out and say, "we really won't know about this player for 5 years"! Wouldn't it be nicer to draft players who could actually play in the NHL within a year or 2, and not have to have so much "guessing" go into it? There are very few players who can play the year after being drafted (Sydney Crosby, Connor McDavid etc) so why not move the age up at least a year so teams can make a better decision on a players potential? How would this hurt? I believe we need to consider the following: 1 Downsize the draft to 4 rounds. 2 Move the draft age up at least 1 year ( 2 would actually probably be better) 3 Allow an exemption for extremely talented players, like McDavid, with the stipulation that if they are drafted at that younger age, they MUST play at least 1/2 the next season in the NHL 4 Any players over the age of 21, who have not been drafted are then free agents and can sign with any team, so they can select at team that suits their desires, perhaps due to the needs of the team or the players desire to play in certain locations. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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