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The Canadiens could lose seven young players for free in the coming months


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MarcO
September 5, 2023  (11:28)
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There are certain rules that are a little less well known in hockey, such as the rights to a young player who has just been drafted.

If you're wondering why the former CH administration, even the new one, seems to have a penchant for players from the American program and Europeans, it's not simply a question of talent.
In fact, a CHL prospect - in other words, all players who play in a junior league in Canada - remains the property of the team that selects him for two years, after which he becomes eligible again for the draft or free to sign with whomever he chooses.
For Americans and Europeans, it's four years, while for KHL players, it's unlimited.
In this sense, with equal talent and enthusiasm, a team's management will prefer a player from the NCAA or a European league to a player from the CHL.
Between now and the summer of 2024, the Habs must come to an agreement with seven prospects, or lose their rights and leave them free as a bird. Here's the list:
Blake Biondi (21) 4th-round pick in 2020
Jared Davidson (21) 5th-round pick in 2022
Cedrick Guindon (19) 4th-round pick in 2022
Petteri Nurmi (21) 7th-round pick, 2022
Ty Smilanic (21) 3rd round pick 2020
Miguel Tourigny (21) 7th round pick, 2022
Luke Tuch (21) 2nd round pick 2020
Without naming names, it's pretty clear which players will receive offers from Kent Hughes before the deadline. However, with the fine bank of prospects already in the organization, nothing can be taken for granted for any of them. They'll have to have a very good season, enough to earn themselves a professional contract.
Credit: TSLH

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