Future Considerations

Americans pro powered
December 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

When Team USA takes to the ice in Buffalo to defend their gold medal at the World Junior Championship, they’ll have a decidedly professional approach.

That’s because they’ll have four professional players suiting up for them as they look for back-to-back gold medals for the first time in the tournament’s history. Continue reading

Morin AHL Approved
September 15, 2010, 2:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

Ask and ye shall receive.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch asked the NHL for clarification on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin and his ability to play in the American Hockey League this season.

The verdict? The 19-year-old Morin is AHL eligible.

Branch’s CHL has an agreement with the NHL stating players drafted out of one of the three junior leagues can only play minor pro if they are 20 years old by Dec. 31 or have played in the CHL for four seasons.

The argument in favour of Morin? He wasn’t drafted from a CHL team. Continue reading

Be Careful Branch, CHL Could Lose More Than Morin
August 30, 2010, 11:08 pm
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By Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

The Chicago Blackhawks intend to put 19-year-old prospect Jeremy Morin with their American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch intends to keep that from happening.

After seeing London Knights standout blueliner John Carlson leave the OHL for the Hershey Bears of the AHL last season, the Kitchener Rangers face a similar fate with their second-leading scorer in Morin.

That is, unless the the CHL and Branch has its way.

Normally, an 18 or 19-year-old player from the CHL had but two options: play another year of junior or play in the NHL. That wasn’t the case with Carlson, though, who was 19 when he left the Knights to join the Bears. The (non)argument at the time was that since Carlson was actually drafted out of the USHL, the CHL rule didn’t apply to him. Morin, drafted from the US National Under-18 team, is expecting a similar fate. Continue reading