Corey Locke signs with Habs

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  1. montreal

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    Today the two time OHL leading scorer signed a 3 year deal with the Canadiens. He'll likely get a spot with Hamilton this season. I think he's improved his skating and foot speed, but the question is if it's enough to compensate for his lack of size and the increased level of competition. It will be interesting to see him in the AHL if he makes the team. Too bad for the 67's, who lose some fire power, would have been interesting to see Locke and Kaspar on the same line.
     
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    would i be right to assume he'll play in the AHL?? or is that not a given?
     
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    He sould play in the AHL. Plekanec will be the first center and Higgins will probably play as a winger so Locke should be the second or third center...
     
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    Well Ribeiro os not a fabulous skater nor is he a big guy, so these things can be overcome with talent. It will be interesting to see how Locke does this year.
     
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    No it's not a given. He can play in the AHL, ECHL or OHL, so he has to make the team still. Hamilton will have Plekanec, Ott, Morgan, Duslabon, Urquhart and Locke who are all centers. I would think he'll make the team, but we'll see in a few weeks.
     
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    Just a quick- but important- word about ages in order to clear up some points of constant confusion about prospects on these boards:

    1. When eligibility rules talk about ages they are not talking about birthdays. They are talking about birthYEARS. So, regardless of the fact that certain junior players may turn 20 in Jan, Feb 2005...whatever.. they are still considered 19 year olds by virtue of their draft year.

    2. Some players (like Perry) will sign a tryout contract with a minor league team AFTER their junior year has finished. But this does not negate the fact that their normal team is still their junior team and they are not allowed to sign minor-league contracts (NCAA players and non-CHL Euros are different in this regard- not to mention the very rarely employed '4 year CHL' rule).

    3. Eligibility for tournaments like WJCs, Under 18s is ALWAYS based upon birthYEARS, not birthdays. So any player who was born 1985 or later is eligible for this years WJC (even if he turns 20 on, say, Jan. 02nd- while the tournament is still running).

    4. The one DAY to keep in mind is Sept. 15th- that is the cut off day for draft eligibility. So this year's top picks will all have birthdates Sept. 16/86 to Sept. 15/87 (last year's opt-outs are the main exception). This means that there are many players from two different draft YEARS who enter the same draft (Sept. 16-Dec. 31/1986 AND Jan. 01-Sept. 15/1987).
     
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    Oops! My big mistake. I was thinking this was about Corey Perry (another thread). Corey Locke is indeed fully eligible for AHL play this year (or Euro or OHL overager- should he ecide so).
     
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