NHL may raise the draft to 19 years old


Forty years ago a 19-year-old kid named Ken Linseman thought he was old enough mature enough and good enough to play professional hockey. And by all accounts he was right. He led the World Hockey Association’s Birmingham Bulls in points both in the regular season and the playoffs and picked up 126 penalty minutes along the way.

And in doing so he became the Curt Flood of the NHL draft opening up the process to 18-year-old players where previously only 20-year-olds could be drafted into the best league in the world. Linseman’s route to pro hockey began when he took the NHL to court over the legality of its 20-year-old draft a lawsuit that was dropped when he got a restraining order against the WHA that prevented him from signing there. That restraining order opened the floodgates to underage talent going to the WHA including the greatest player of all-time in Wayne Gretzky and the NHL responded by lowering its draft age to 18.

“I just felt that if I was old enough to vote and old enough to go to war that I was old enough to play pro if someone wanted to pay me to play,” said Linseman a Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 and now a successful businessman who spends much of his free time surfing.

But times have changed and there is no rival league to poach players. And what the NHL could not do 40 years ago it could almost certainly get away with now. That’s why we’re beginning to hear there is more and more of a groundswell around the possibility of raising the draft age from 18 to 19. There were broad hints that was in the league’s plans when it introduced its “Declaration of Principles” over the summer and there’s no reason to believe NHL teams wouldn’t love to have another year to assess draft-eligible prospects. That of course would trickle down to the CHL which would keep its best 18-year-old players for another season along with the ripple effects that would be created right down to minor hockey.

But is it fair to tell an 18-year-old who is clearly good enough to play in the NHL that he’s not permitted to? Well the answer is: it doesn’t really matter. If the NHL does want to implement a 19-year-old draft it’s going to get far more resistance from the NHL Players’ Association than it is from the legal system. The reason for that is the non-statutory labor exemption that allows labor law to trump anti-trust law. So as long is there is a collective bargaining relationship which there is in the NHL then labor law wins the day.

There have been challenges to draft rules and plenty of precedent to suggest those challenges fail. In 2004 running back Maurice Clarett of Ohio State University challenged the NFL’s rule that a player had to be three years removed from high school to be drafted. He won in federal court but the decision was later overturned in appeals court before the Supreme Court refused to review the case.

The league already controls the terms with which an entry-level player can negotiate by having a draft and also limits the salaries of players in the first three years of their deals. The NHLPA meanwhile has the latitude to bargain away the rights of people who are not even their members – since a player does not become a member of the NHLPA until he plays one regular season game. So it would not be a stretch to see the league move the age up to 19 provided it gets buy-in from the players. And it’s important to note that entry requirements for professions outside of sports are fairly common and restrictive.

That is not to say that a modern-day Ken Linseman couldn’t come out of the woodwork and challenge the age change. In fact Feldman points out that raising the draft age would increase the potential class of plaintiffs who might want to sue.

“It would be a severely uphill battle because of the case law,” Feldman said. “You’d have to find the plaintiff to sue and the means to sue and then convince a court the law should change. But players generally don’t want to rock the boat. It’s a fairly daunting proposition to sue your soon-to-be employer. That might not be the way most people want to enter the league.”

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Irvin first NHL coach to win 600 games

1953: Dick Irvin becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 600 games when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Chicago Stadium.

Irvin coached two seasons with the Blackhawks and nine with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he’s hired by the Canadiens in 1940. He guides Montreal to the Stanley Cup three times the last one in the spring of 1953.

Irvin coaches the Canadiens through the 1954-55 season then returns to the Blackhawks for one season before retiring in 1956 with a record of 692-527-230 including 431-313-152 with Montreal.

1957: Rookie Bobby Hull scores the first goal of his NHL career to help the Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at Chicago Stadium. He beats goaltender Don Simmons at 16:00 of the first period for an unassisted goal. Hull finishes his NHL career with 610 goals.

1980: Rookie defenseman Paul Coffey scores his first NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-3 victory against the Calgary Flames at Northlands Coliseum. Coffey finishes his NHL career with 396 goals second to Ray Bourque all-time among defensemen and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
1986: Mario Lemieux scores twice in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-4 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres to reach the 100-goal mark early in his third NHL season. It’s the seventh straight win from the start of the season for the Penguins one short of the NHL record (at that time) shared by Toronto (1934-35) and Buffalo (1975-76).

Exactly six years later Lemieux gets his 28th NHL hat trick and has two assists for a five-point night in Pittsburgh’s 9-6 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the Civic Arena.

1999: Grant Fuhr becomes the sixth goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games when Derek Morris scores 20 seconds into overtime to give the Flames a 3-2 road victory against the Florida Panthers.

2002: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche ties Terry Sawchuk’s NHL record for career appearances by playing in his 971st game a 3-3 tie against the Oilers at Pepsi Center. He finishes his career with 1,029 appearances then an NHL record.

On the same night Cliff Ronning scores in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory against the Flames. The victory ends an 18-game winless streak in overtime (0-11-7) for the Wild dating to March 2001.

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NHL 18′ simulation has Blackhawks out of playoffs, Lightning winning Stanley Cup

If EA Sports’ full-season simulation on “NHL 18″ proves to be anything more than just, you know, a video game simulation, the Tampa Bay Lightning have even more reason to get pumped for 2017-18.

A year after “NHL 17″ correctly predicted the Nashville Predators would win the Western Conference, the newest installment of the game has the Lightning dethroning the Pittsburgh Penguins as Stanley Cup champions. The simulation also projected a Western Conference Finals bout between the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers, whose superhuman captain, Connor McDavid, graces the cover of the game.
Not everyone made out so well in the “NHL 18″ forecast, though. The Chicago Blackhawks, for instance, were left completely out of the playoff picture a year after they fell victim to the Predators early in the postseason.

The game also predicts Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will win the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League’s top regular-season goal scorer, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is projected to repeat as Selke Trophy winner for best defensive forward, which would be his fifth time winning the award, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is predicted to earn his third Norris Trophy and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is projected to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time.

NHL 18: Ideas on GM Mode Improvement From Ouside

NHL series have always been surprising people with its fantastic Game mode and amazing User Experience. Now, what else to it, we are going to see yet another update in the next year and we expect the same fun from this GM mode too in NHL 18. Now, talking about this latest module people have certain expectations from it and we are going to see how this features if actually integrated into the Game would do changes into it for good only.

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NHL 18 GM Mode Ideas:

For Franchise Mode, I want that we do not know the players of the other team and we have to make out a pre-scout and identify them on the basis of their ratings so that it takes a while for trading to actually happen. And to add more to it add custom class draft classes for overall players to make it even more difficult to differentiate between them and of course the free agency would work on deadline and counting down and that will let us know us on the Billboard which players are traded and signed in.

We can also have a Franchise Center with slow development traits to have them complement the potential to get a top 6 opposition players selected with a Red/ Green indication of risk or chances they achieve. We can also have the Game Play formulated on the basis of match-ups, changes in strategy, changes in the lineups, possible injuries, a rookie that’s getting a chance, hot and cold streaks etc.

I really like the Idea of “Fog Of Wars” for ratings and a better way to have this idea implemented is for General overall that could raise and lower the Players based on the points on them. We can also have random players in Team’s Farm system and minor players with vague number points and no specifics.

Another very important and needed feature that can be added is better interaction between NHL and other leagues so that we can have our players invited from European leagues too. Also International Coaching opportunities from World Juniors would do great to the Game and add a lot of potential fun to world Hockey. It would be great indeed to receive offers from other Nations too.

Yet another important feature would be to have more interaction and connection between the players like they being mad about their ice team and negotiating contracts between the mid- season and just making Free agency and trade deadline much more interesting than before. Some more features, can also be added to free agent time to see a player’s value rise and fall depending importantly on their performance and age.

Player development skills also need to be looked at, younger players needs to be trained better with guys changing positions, training and practicing. But then everything should be fair and equal and so they get negative attributes if they do not play well, similarly older players should also start to fall off at a certain point. There can be a specific algorithm for this that take their current skills and moves attributes based on age, performance, injury history and current age.

Also Iginla type players will have to be used in a better way and smartly so that they would be able to dominate and carry play due to their durability, speed and skating slowing down and getting worse all credited to the better features implemented to their hands, vision and shooting to get their power play with open ice and set up in offensive zone. This would also force teams to get younger players up, and shift their teams around. We can also have “Ratings Fog” shifted so that we have utilized our scouts and players can play freely.

So guys share your ideas to improve GM mode in NHL game in comments below and stay connected for more updates…

NHL 18 EASHL Tips: Efficient Breakout Passing

Every position in the game has separated tasks to be completed. Defense is one of the most crucial positions. it not only need quick reaction, fast pace, and good communication, but also unknown skills. there are very few players who meet those requirement. as a top-defenseman, except for knowing how to play defense, you also have the ability to pass the ball to your teammate appropriately and avoid the interception of your opponent.

There is a bad situation that goalie must look out-it’s you who suffer a big loss if your teammate make basic mistakes, while you are playing EASHL. those mistakes can result in repeated turnovers in front of the goal zone, the more turnover you play, the higher possibility for you to loss a goal.


Smart decision making on the breakout will lead to:

– More efficient offense in transition

– Fewer Defensive Zone Turnovers

– Fewer Suicide Passes/Neutral Zone Turnovers

– Overall Happier Teammates (Especially Goalies)

Know who your options are before you get the puck. Noticed who’s covered and who’s open before deciding where to pass the puck.

Know your options (boards, center, dman). When you pick up the puck you should always have 3 options. The winger by the boards, the center in the middle of the ice, and your defensive partner usually somewhere behind the net. You’re first option is to get the puck to the forwards but don’t force it. Hockey’s a simple game if you pass it to the open guy. If the forwards are covered and you’re running out of time, send it behind the net and don’t turn the puck over.

A turnover here would be deadly, try to pass the puck to a teammate quickly. If that’s not possible, get the puck out of the zone and live to see another day.

Is there pressure when you get the puck? Sometimes you’ll pick up the puck and the other team is already in your face. You’re not going to have time to skate or look around and you definitely don’t want to turn the puck over right in front of your net. Trust that your teammates are where they are supposed to be and get rid of the puck with one-touch pass or a shot around the boards. Even if they intercept the pass, they’ll pick it up along the outside and that will give your team time to regroup then if you turned it over right in front of the net.

No pressure? No need to force a pass. Take the space they give you.

If there is no pressure there’s no need to rush the pass. Take your time, and carry the puck up the ice until you find an open teammate. It’s ok for a Dman to carry the puck all the way into the offensive zone if the forwards are covered and the other team is giving you space. In drop-ins the forwards might yell at you but don’t listen to them, trust your reads and make the smart play.

Those are my tips for defenseman on the breakout. Make sure to communicate with your teammates. If your wingers not by the boards or your D partner isn’t behind the net limiting your options, talk about it, don’t yell at him and overall its about helping each other out and the team.

Hopefully you find these NHL 18  tips helpful. Feel free to leave a comment on the video itself or here on SGO.

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