Found March 19, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
In the salary capped NHL, teams gain an advantage when their players produce a bigger value to their team than the price of their contract.  It is necessary that several players exceed the value of their contract for a team to win the Stanley Cup.  The most likely player to exceed his contract value is a player on an entry level deal.  Thus it is very important not to waste the years in your entry level deals.  A player who is drafted at age 18 can enter the NHL immediately and play on his entry level deal for his first three years of his pro career.  This will be ages 18, 19 and 20.  Instead a player can be returned to junior and defer those years until he is 20, 21 and 22.  You can trade-off a player's 21 and 22 year old seasons for his 18 and 19 year old seasons if you rush a player into the NHL at a young age.  A player will be better at ages 21 and 22 and thus be more likely to exceed to value of his contract at those ages.  Instead of following that advice, NHL teams lik...

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