Skip to content

Teams will have five games to make decision on junior players

Jan 9, 2013, 12:15 PM EST

Nail Yakupov Getty Images

For this season only, 18- and 19-year-old draftees will have just five games to show their stuff before their NHL teams must decide whether to keep them (and use up a year of their entry-level contracts) or send them back to junior.

That’s according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who tweets that the previous nine-game limit is expected to return for the 2013-14 season and beyond.

Obviously this is being done because the NHL is playing a shortened season following the lockout.

Teenagers that are expected to compete for roster spots include Nail Yakupov (Oilers), Dougie Hamilton (Bruins), Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets), and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida).

It remains to be seen how the shortened season will affect teams’ decisions in this regard. In a mad dash for the playoffs, some clubs may want steady veterans in there, not unproven prospects.

Latest Posts
  1. Stars GM Nill sees plan coming together

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:38 PM EST

    Jim Nill AP

    Dallas has moved a trio of blue liners recently.

  2. Capitals easing up on referees under Barry Trotz

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:09 PM EST

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Six Getty Images

    “Let the referees do their job, we’ll do our job.”

  3. Blues’ Bouwmeester suffers ‘lower-body ailment’ in win over Senators

    Nov 22, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

    St Louis Blues v Los Angeles Kings Getty Images

    The St. Louis defender had an assist on the eventual winner.

  4. Callahan expects ‘bite’ in Lightning’s game vs. Wild

    Nov 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Minnesota Wild Getty Images

    “They embarrassed us pretty good in their building.”

  5. Goalie nods: Clemmensen’s first Devils start since 2009

    Nov 22, 2014, 2:50 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    A fun way to mislead people about Cory Schneider’s workhorse run.

  6. R.I.P. to ‘the dry scrape’

    Nov 22, 2014, 1:55 PM EST

    Ducks Kings Hockey AP

    NHL makes it official.

  7. Jagr gives his wig-wearing imitators a big thumbs up

    Nov 22, 2014, 12:40 PM EST

    travelingjagrs

    “They know who is the man.”

  8. Blue Jackets fans throw support behind Jack Johnson

    Nov 22, 2014, 11:07 AM EST

    Dallas Stars v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    His goal got the biggest reaction in Columbus on Friday.

  9. Shot in the arm? Penguins call up Megna

    Nov 22, 2014, 10:20 AM EST

    Carolina Hurricanes v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    He’s been hot in the AHL lately.

  10. What, exactly, needs to change for Edmonton?

    Nov 22, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

    Dainius Zubrus, Viktor Fasth AP

    (Waits for “everything” jokes.)

Featured video

Coaches in and out of the hot seat

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. V. Hedman (2821)
  2. P. Sharp (2622)
  3. P. Datsyuk (2350)
  4. P. Dupuis (2029)
  5. S. Crosby (2019)
  1. J. Harding (1890)
  2. D. Krejci (1820)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1806)
  4. Z. Chara (1746)
  5. B. Marchand (1682)