basketball and baseball players? Is the NHL the hardest league to make in the world? I ask this because if you look at NBA draft's..pretty much like half of the first round play in the NBA right away. I'm pretty sure many NFL prospects play right away as well. In the NHL a player can take up to 4 or 5 years to develope, especially goaltenders. So I ask, why do hockey players generally take longer to develope?