Question:Does a player have to go to draft?

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Traitor8, May 8, 2004.

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  1. Traitor8

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    Let's say I'm Alexander Ovechkin...

    Can I go like ah screw the draft, I elect myself to be Unrestricted Free Agent and I am taking calls from all teams...Can any player do that? or do they all have to go threw the draft?
     
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    No.

    Players need to be passed over in their draft year to become a free agent.
     
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    he has the additional problem of being a euro player... he's got to be drafted to be eligible to play in the NHL even if he holds himself out until he's 30.

    I'm not sure about this rule though... say he had come over at age 16 with his family, would he still be under the euro import rules?

    Other question... say he's drafted, then applies to play US college hockey and transfers to the CHL. He can then hit UFA status in 2 years correct?? Just like Comrie and VanRyn?
     
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    No, you have to be drafted out of the CHL for that 2 year rule to apply.
     
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    cool thanks.

    do you know what the deal is for euro's who come to NA for juniors... when are they NA players and when are they euro's with regards to draft rules?
     
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    If they are drafted from a CHL team they are considered CHL Players.

    When they get drafted out of a euro league than come to the CHL they are treated like Euros.
     
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