Joel Champagne, Toronto Maple Leafs Let Prospect Re-Enter NHL Draft

June 2nd, 2010 by Ryan Fancey Leave a reply »
This was first brought to my attention this morning over at Pension Plan Puppets - Leafs Relinquish Rights to Joel Champagne

Toronto has decided to reportedly let Joel Champagne re-enter the draft this year. Why? I wish I could tell you.

At 6′4″, 220 pounds and over a point per game average in the QMJHL, you’d think he would at least be signed to an ELC. But it looks as though Burke and brass have decided to look the other way.

According to the NHL Re-entry Rules:

"A player not signed by his NHL team within two years of being drafted can re-enter the draft, as long as he is 20 years old or younger at the time of the subsequent draft. Players over 20 become unrestricted free agents."

NCAA players are an exception: NHL teams retain the rights to a college player until 30 days after the player has left college.

A team that does not sign a first-round draft pick is awarded a compensatory pick in a future draft upon losing the rights to that player.

A player who has been drafted a second time cannot re-enter.

According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, The Penguins have run into th ...

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