glen a richter wrote:
I hadn't noticed, Kyrou played a game at the end of the season for the Wolves. I thought he couldn't play in the AHL at his age? Anyone got info on that? He hasn't played in their current playoff series.
Per AHL By-Laws
, the age limit for eligibility to compete in the American Hockey League is 18 years or over, on or before September 15 of each season of competition. However, players don’t often join the AHL before they are 20 years old. Kyrou was born 5/8/98, so he is eligible. I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing more younger players (18/19 year olds) in the AHL, because of players being developed more quickly than in the past thanks to all of the youth programs implemented the past 18 years.
Was that a recent change? I could've swore they couldn't play in the AHL until they were 19 or 20 or something.
Nope. There were 18 year old in the AHL as long ago as the '93-'94 season - Vaclav Prospal, Michal Grošek, and Larry Courville
The confusion is likely in relation to NHL-CHL rule
The NHL and CHL have an agreement in place that stipulates if a player drafted from one of the three leagues that make up the CHL doesn’t join his NHL club at the beginning of a season, that he must return to the major junior team he was selected from. The AHL is not an option for CHL players until they turn 20.
Kyrou falls under the following rule, though
When a player's CHL season ends, they are allowed to join an AHL club on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of that AHL season. But when the next season begins, the player's options fall back to the NHL or CHL if he's under 20.
So Kyrou will be back at Sarnia next season, unless he makes the Blues roster.
How those other guys were playing at 18 in the AHL falls under the following:
Players drafted from the NCAA or Europe do not fall under the agreement, which is why Toronto was able to add William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen to the Marlies as 19-year-olds.