Saturday, March 17, 2007

Tavares tops Gretzky's record

John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals scored twice Friday night to break the record for most goals in the Ontario Hockey League by a 16-year-old.

Tavares tied and then broke the old record of 70 set by Wayne Gretzky, and he still has two games remaining to add to his total of 71. He also added an assist.
The next Next One has certainly lived up to that billing so far.

Given he's not draft eligible until 2009 and already has 206 points in junior hockey, Tavares should serious challenge the all-time OHL points record of 479 shared by Stan Drulia and Dale McCourt.

There's already been some talk that he may try to leave junior earlier than the 2009-10 season, something that's not currently allowed under NHL guidelines. It does seem silly, however, to hold a kid back simply because his birthdate is five days later than the 2008 draft cutoff.

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At 9:59 p.m., March 17, 2007, Anonymous JTE said...

I put the blame for his draft eligibility on his parents. I have long believed that Canadian parents who are expecting a boy should induce labor if waiting a few more days could keep the kid out of the NHL for essentially an entire year.

Clearly, Tavares' mother and father weren't ready for the responsibilities which come with being a parent.

Abstinence, kids.

At 2:12 a.m., March 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

honestly, if i was tavares i'd appreciate the chance to set a record in the OHL that in all likelihood would never be broken... at least until there's another ridiculously talented kid born a few days past the draft cutoff.

At 4:26 a.m., March 18, 2007, Blogger Robert L said...

Smarten up and read up a bit on the of him leaving the OHL before 18 has been been shot down by Tavares, his parents, and his agent. It won't happen.

At 11:22 a.m., March 18, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

So... you agree there's been talk of that then?

At 2:17 p.m., March 18, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

You can talk about the moon being made out of green cheese if you wish, but everyone knows its not true so why bother wasting your time talking about it!

The Maurice Clarrett legal challenge in the US upheld the right of the NFL to impose an arbitrary age limit well above the age of adult responsibility of 18. Since the NHL CBA is governed by US labour law (not Canadian)he has no hope of ever convincing US courts that the strict 18 year age limitation of the NHL is unconstitutional in the US.

Of course the NHL could arbitrarily exempt him from the rule. While the team holding the 1st round pick in 2008 would support this, the other 29 would oppose it, especially the "bottom feeders" (like the Leafs) who think they may have the first pick in 2009.

Rules are by their very nature arbitrary.If you make an exception for one player that is 5 days away from the limitation what about a player who is 7 days away, and then 9 days away, and so on until you have so many exceptions you have no rule.

The only option other than junior that he has (since he can't go to the AHL) is to go overseas and play in the Swedish or Russian elite leagues - and that certainly won't happen.

So let's drop this whole subject right now! However, if he really wants to move to a higher level of competition he could try to get his team to trade him out of Ontario to the Western Hockey League where "real hockey" is played!

At 2:20 p.m., March 18, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

All I'm saying is that there has been some conversation about this — I didn't offer a comment as to its validity.

Of course, given it's still years away, Tavares and his agent are saying all the right things about him staying in junior another two years, but I wouldn't rule out a professional option being looked at if he tears up the league (again) next season.


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