Friday, January 19, 2007

Why Alexander Semin Isn't A YoungStar

I've gotten clarification on the matter, and it finally makes sense. Apparently the determining factor isn't whether or not the player is on his entry-level contract, it's whether or not the player is an entry-level player (in the first three years as a pro, with the clock apparently starting to run once the player is Calder Trophy-ineligible for the following season).

How this plays out is that Alex Semin is in his fourth year as a pro - his rookie year in 2003-04, and two years in Russia prior to returning to the NHL this year. Kari Lehtonen (in his second year, by this definition) and Peter Budaj (also in his second year), on the other hand, are eligible for the YoungStars, despite being, like Semin, not still in their respective entry-level contracts.

No conspiracy, no waivers... just rules.

7 comments:

Tyler said...

Of course he should be in the main game. He's seventh in goals. Ahead of Williams and Staal, tool

JP said...

Well that goes without saying.

The Peerless said...

We're not really interested in reason. Reason is boring, reason is fascist. We want conspiracy theories, we want a lone voter on the "icy knoll."

JP said...

Golf clap on the Bull Durham allusion.

DCSportsChick said...

Thanks for the clarification- was wondering about that.

And I agree with Tyler, Semin should be in the big boys' game. I could see him pulling off a Heatley.

JP said...

You mean killing a teammate?

DCSportsChick said...

Dude! You are AWFUL!

(I laughed my ass off though)