Monday, February 10, 2014

Changes in QMJHL rules

Press Release

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously voted for two rule changes today during the Semi-Annual Assembly held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dorval.

15 year old players
Effective for the 2015 Annual Draft, a club will be able to select 15 year old players in the fourteen (14) rounds of the Draft. Previously, teams were only able to select 15 year old players up until the 8th round.

Compensatory draft pick
In order to benefit from a compensatory draft pick, the team must make a written request to the Commissioner before the established date to remove players from the admissibility list for the next entry draft.

If the team uses the compensatory draft pick, the player will be put back on Central Scouting’s list for the next entry draft.

Should the same compensatory draft pick be awarded to more than one club, the order of selection between said clubs will be the same as the previous annual entry draft.

The team that chooses to take its compensatory draft pick of the QMJHL will have the opportunity to draft in the first round, five picks later than its selection.

Example: Pick #1 of the first round of the previous entry draft for pick #6 of the first round of the next entry draft.

Finally, following discussions during the Semi-Annual Assembly, starting with the 2014 Playoffs, all goals will be subject to review by a video goal judge and adhering to our current review criteria in order to avoid all ambiguity.

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