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Alexander Monaghan -
August 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Montreal Canadiens, [NHLHS] Team Coverage Tags:
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Great look at the two routes to the NHL for players in the US and Canada. The path through the CHL also has a couple of other benefits:
1. Schedule – CHL teams play a schedule that is much closer to NHL teams than NCAA teams both in number of games and playoff format. The Memorial Cup is the one exception, but by that time most CHL teams have had to play through 3-4 rounds.
2. Exposure – Hockey is a much higher profile sport in Canada so players in the CHL are going to get a lot more attention throughout their careers. The once exception is during the Olympics, but that’s only every 4 years. CHL hockey is on national TV in Canada, obviously in the US (at least in a non-hockey market) it’s tough to find NCAA games, I don’t remember the last time the Frozen Four was on a major network aside from ESPN.
Wicked post Alex. Definitely a great read!
You missed some important points.
1. Only 15% of all CHL players obtain a four-year college degree. All of this CHL educational money disappears as soon as a player signs ANY professional contract. Want to try your hand at the ECHL or in Europe? Think again.
2. Under the current CBA, NHL teams retain the rights of their CHL draft picks until they reach age 20. NHL teams, however, retain the rights to NCAA draft picks until they graduate. NHL teams can effectively wait until an NCAA player is twenty-four or twenty-five before making a decision on him.
3. As much as the NCAA “struggles” these days, it still produces NHL players. Go figure.
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