He just turned 17 today (October 11, 2018) and isn’t eligible until a draft over 18 months from now? Let’s assume next season starts the at the beginning of October, he’ll be 17 for 11 days. Ryan Merkely was drafted in 2018 but didn’t turn 18 until August. Does the NHL really make such a big deal over 11 days? And that’s assuming the season starts on the 1st of October. It could start on the 7th or 8th and he’d only be 17 for 3-4 days. Is there something I’m missing here? This kid is supposed to be the next Crosby and McDavid. Some people even saying he’ll be better. He’s already 6’1, 192 lbs. You'd think the NHL would eat that sh*t up and let him get drafted in 2019. But he’s already 17 and will be for 8 months before this upcoming draft. There are lots of players that have played underage in overseas men’s leagues. Rasmus Dahlin, last year’s #1 overall pick, played in the SHL as a 16 and 17 year old. I know the SHL isn’t the NHL but it’s still men.