does anyone know why the minimum age limit in the AHL exists? It seems to be a bad rule for the developement of some players who are too good for juniors but maybe not quite ready for the NHL. Gilbert Brule, for example, completely dominated juniors last year and has nothing to gain by playing there any longer, and playing on the 4th line for Columbus wouldn't be the greatest place for him either. But he's not allowed to play in the AHL, which might be the best place for him at this point, at least for a half season or something. That's just one example. This issue seems to come up alot.