Jordan Harris’ Decision Might Entice A Deadline Trade

It was a big news if you’re the Montreal Canadiens or their fans. One of their top prospects, Northeastern University standout defenseman Jordan Harris, informed the team that he was going to be playing his last year of College. He will be playing his fourth season, instead of turning professional. It is a surprise as Harris was dominant at the NCAA level this past season with a production of 19 points in 19 games. Top prospects often chose to turn pro after their third year. The risk for the Canadiens is now that Harris could chose to not sign with them and become a UFA by August 15, 2022. With such a high quality prospect, will the Habs gamble on him signing with them or will they be tempted to get something in return in a trade? That’s the million dollar question… figuratively and literally speaking.

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Perfect Timing to Bump The Draft Age

Drafting is not a perfect science. Scouts are not only trying to rank talent at the same age, but with prospects playing in different leagues and at different stages of their development. And that’s only the easy part of their job. They then must try to determine when those young players will reach their peak in their development. It’s an almost impossible task. They’re 18 years old when drafted by NHL teams. While some will do so sooner and others later, most will usually reach their peak at around 25-26 years old. So how can we reduce the risk ever so slightly? Perhaps bumping the draft age from 18 to 19, by giving these young men one more year to develop, would give scouts a fighting chance?

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