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Major change at the NHL Draft? Bad news for the Canadiens


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Guillaume Bergeron
June 15, 2024  (2:43 PM)
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Gary Bettman could make a controversial announcement that will not be well-received by fans of the National Hockey League and draft enthusiasts.

In 2005, the NHL reduced the number of rounds in its annual draft from 9 to 7. It appears that there could be new changes on the horizon, as some player agents are actively advocating for a significant reduction in the number of players selected during the amateur draft.
These details come from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, recently discussed in an episode of the 32Thoughts podcast. These agents are proposing that the draft be reduced to only 4 rounds.
The main goal of this proposal is to limit the number of players affiliated with a team for 2 or 4 years without ultimately obtaining a contract with that same team.
This change could be particularly problematic for the Montreal Canadiens. Imagine if the Habs had not been able to draft in the last 5th rounds.
This would have drastically altered the composition of our team, depriving the organization of key players like Joshua Roy, Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Cayden Primeau, Michael Pezzetta, Jake Evans, and Brendan Gallagher.
Source: Habs&LNH
Annonce controversée de Gary Bettman? Ce serait triste pour le Canadien de MTL
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