I've thought of another solution for a while. Instead of having these over-priced individual tryout camps, the different leagues should have invite showcases for their teams...Example, the NAHL has a scouting tryout where the teams send people to watch players and then they can approach the players directly and give the players options where they want to sign, tender, etc. Some of the camps have had like 30 skaters because, quite simply, no one has money. If they combined the tryouts it would give everyone an opportunity to be scouted by interested teams. This is different than the Global Showcase which is owned privately and unfortunately is used mostly for coaches to have a good time in Vegas now. I hate the whole tender/draft thing too, but our kids need options for being scouted in one location instead of paying outrageous camp, travel and hotel fees only to be ignored by the coaches who already have a full roster.
posted Oct. 20th, 2011 - 12:55am
Sam Olson says:
In the college perspective. Signing an LOI is essentially a tender for division 1. You have signed your playing rights to the school.
You are right. The problem is that the colleges are not limited in numner of LOI's or forced into honoring it.
In this system, the team would only be allowed to sign the enough players to fill out the 25 man roster.
So if a team has protected only 16 holdovers from the previous season, they get to sign only 9 new players.
Honesty is a serious bitch, and players will get something out of the try-out camps, an actual chance to sign. The flip side is that teams who hold big try-out camps will not be able to do the camps year after year if nobody from the camps are being signed.
If you don't have the tryout camps how will you know if the midget or tier 3 players can skate with NAHL players? Some players can look really good at the midget or tier 3 level but when they skate with NAHL players they don't don't live up to their billing. If a team signs those players they would be stuck with those players. The teams have to have a way of finding out. The only way I see that happening is to have their tryouts.
There is way to much at risk at the NAHL level not to know. Remember the NAHL doesn't make their money off players fees. They have to put a winning team on the ice to attract Corporate Advertisers as well as paying FANS to make their money. If teams can't do that, they won't be around long.
I don't see this being a problem at the college level. Also, lets face the facts here, NAHL teams have a pretty darn good idea of what they have and what they need long before the try-outs.
I actually like the idea of a try-out, if the team is not BS'n players. If a team has 14 holdovers, 5 draft picks, and 6 tenders, why do they need a try-out?
Take away the drafts and tenders, and now we have a serious try-put where players actually PLAY for the chance to earn a roster spot. The flip side, the team also is trying out for the player. Maybe the camp is poorly operated or weak, and the player elects to keep his options open after the camp instead of taking the contract offer.
I have to say that, in every NAHL camp, ALL of the players should be playing for a roster spot. They also need to find out if those 5 draft picks and 6 tenders can hang with and skate with the NAHL Vets. Also giving the coaches a chance to see some kids that might have slipped through the cracks.
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