Just wondering if you've had a chance to view the following story about Legein's premature retirement from hockey. (More bad news for Blue Jacket fans.)
Is there anything in the CBA or elsewhere that provides compensation to teams for this sort of thing? Or is it assumed the teams have accurately assessed the prospect's commitment to hockey during the vetting process?— Conrad A.
Under the current CBA, the only compensatory picks are for those players drafted in the 1st round who are unsigned when their rights expire. Teams who have such picks receive a compensatory pick in the 2nd round at the same position in the round as the player drafted who was lost, with all other normal picks moved back one spot. No other compensatory picks are allowed.The Blue Jackets will suspend Legein and continue to hold his rights, hoping he decides to return at some point. As Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline notes, something similar happened with Flames prospect Dan Ryder last season and he ultimately ended up back with their minor-league affiliate.
It's a difficult jump from junior hockey to the pro ranks, even to the AHL level, and I can see why some players might be intimidated. Legein's had some injury concerns and he's had to play so much hockey — at the expense of all else — for a long time now.
My guess is he's simply burnt out.
UPDATE Lowetide has more, including the tale of Robin Sadler.
I've seen others bring up Victor Oreskovich (also from Oakville) and Brandon Regier as young players who have recently walked away from the game.