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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Potential Lockout? The Impact of A Cancelled 2021 Season On The Habs

The NHL wants to return to work. The players also want to return. But the league is trying to change the new CBA which they recently have agreed to and the players, well, don’t want to. Who can blame them? They have made many concessions for this agreement to work and return to play. But with COVID returning stronger than ever, it seems like the start of the 2021 season is in jeopardy. Just recently, the pandemic was hitting the World Juniors’ teams, some NHL teams had to close their training facilities, and other sports teams were also affected. Other leagues are postponing, even cancelling their season. NHL scouts haven’t been able to do their work for months now. The NHL’s return to play is up in the air more than ever.

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