OHL Grants Exceptional PLayer status to 15 YO

OHL Grants Exceptional PLayer status to 15 YO

Joined: March 4th, 2005, 12:08 am

March 31st, 2011, 3:07 pm #1

The #OHL grants exceptional player status to 15 year old Aaron Ekblad and will be eligible for the 2011 OHL Priority Selection draft

http://twitter.com/#!/TheWHL

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Joined: March 4th, 2005, 12:08 am

March 31st, 2011, 3:10 pm #2

Aaron Ekblad,
15 year old 6-3, 200 lb dman from Sun County Panthers has been granted early admission into OHL by Hockey Canada panel.
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Joined: August 20th, 2009, 12:14 pm

March 31st, 2011, 3:17 pm #3

A 96'er defenceman playing Midget hockey and 2nd in team scoring:
Reg Season - 30gp, 4g, 30a, 34 pts
Playoffs - 18gp, 5g, 16a, 21 pts

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/03/ ... -from-ohl/
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Joined: August 20th, 2009, 12:14 pm

March 31st, 2011, 3:19 pm #4

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/markseid ... thing.html

The kid already has Bobby Orr as his agent too.
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Joined: August 28th, 2006, 3:46 am

March 31st, 2011, 3:20 pm #5

The #OHL grants exceptional player status to 15 year old Aaron Ekblad and will be eligible for the 2011 OHL Priority Selection draft

http://twitter.com/#!/TheWHL
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Joined: October 28th, 2010, 5:17 pm

March 31st, 2011, 3:27 pm #6

I'm not sure if he got special permission or not but he played regularily as a 14 year old. He played 59 games that season and had 5-21-26. As a 16 year old, he had 63-49-112. He played with Seattle.
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March 31st, 2011, 3:34 pm #7

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No, a WHL team has never had a player granted this type of status. John Tavares had this type of thing granted at one point, but it was well before the Hockey Canada age eligibility initiative of a few years back Jason Spezza was also granted a special consideration to be able to play for his hometown team at 15 and to be a territorial protection, but then re-entered the draft after his 15 year old season. He was granted the right to play at home for Brampton, but then was treated like a normal player at 16 and went to Mississauga.

There has never been a player in the WHL get this status, because there has been nobody good enough. Alex Forsberg's family tried it this year, and he was shot down. So, in typical Forsberg fashion he decided to go back to the AAA league and pout and be average, confirming that he was not exceptional as either a player or a character.

The last player the Western midget leagues have seen good enough to be granted this status was James Sefton, a 15 year old who played for Notre Dame in 08-09 and was good enough to play in major junior at that age and could have been a top 5 defenceman on any team in Canada at that age. He was from Ontario, but at Notre Dame. If he was a western kid, he could have gotten the status. I am surprised that he didn't apply for it in the OHL, but Notre Dame has an ability to make their kids go brain dead while they are there, and he may have never applied or even known how great he was as he was tucked away on the prairies.

There is currently not a player in Western Canada good enough for this. The general rule of thumb is that the 15 year old would have to be a top minutes guy for his major junior team, and with the scrutiny and stop watches of the family, press, league and other teams, it just is not worth it.



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March 31st, 2011, 3:39 pm #8

I'm not sure if he got special permission or not but he played regularily as a 14 year old. He played 59 games that season and had 5-21-26. As a 16 year old, he had 63-49-112. He played with Seattle.
Fifteen year old issues have taken several stages. The implementation of the WHL bantam draft in 90-91 made them ineligible period. Tavares made the CHL implement a special statue clause. It has been used once by Tavares and now one more time. 15 year olds were eligible for junior A until 5-6 years ago, and also for junior B. They have since been deemed ineligble because major junior teams felt that junior A teams had an unfair first shot at 15 year olds that they couldn't get. Today, junior A has had the tables flipped. No 15 year olds and the only was you can use a 16 year old is if you agree to play him as a starter in goal, a top 4 dman or a top 6 forward. Prior to 90-91, 14 and 15 year olds could play major junior in the WHL. The OHL has had some loopholes for years on it, and the Q has been dead set against it.
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March 31st, 2011, 4:05 pm #9

Spezza
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Joined: November 17th, 2008, 5:38 pm

March 31st, 2011, 4:18 pm #10

Aaron Ekblad,
15 year old 6-3, 200 lb dman from Sun County Panthers has been granted early admission into OHL by Hockey Canada panel.
15 years old and 6-3, 200 lb!!!!!!! WTF are they feeding this kid...nm
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