Mar. 6, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>jr400</b></div><div>Nobody likes it when their team loses a prospect for nothing, but a lot of teams unfortunately don’t have room on the NHL roster for what I’m going to call aging prospects (guys who are no longer waivers exempt but may still have some upside), so they have to make a tough decision. The other option is to try to trade him so they can at least get something for him, but it’s probably a mid-round draft pick at best, and then he’s gone, whereas if they waive him, there’s a chance he could clear and then they can continue to let him develop in their system.
I don’t know how much teams care about how good their AHL teams are, and whether losing a guy who they think is a good AHL player but not good enough for the NHL would bother them, but the system is geared toward developing players for the NHL. The waivers rule gives a team 3-5 years to let a player develop, but prevents them from holding him back indefinitely after that if he’s good enough to play on another NHL team, which to me seems fair for both the player and the team. If you still don't have a spot for the guy after that time, the decent thing to do is give him a chance somewhere else. A lot of them end up getting waived again and never really make it, but some waivers claims have gone on to have pretty good NHL careers.</div></div>
Very solid analysis my friend, and good point! It's just frustrating to lose a player who you've drafted and developed, even if it's because there is no room on the roster. Especially if they have NHL upside.