Friday, November 23, 2007

Tavares Will Have to Wait

The Hockey News reports that John Tavares has committed to staying in the OHL next season, playing for the Oshawa Generals. Tavares is only five days short of being draft-eligible in '08, instead he'll have to wait until the 2009 draft.

Tavares raised eyebrows when it was reported that Leafs GM John Fergusen Jr. had contacted him about playing for their AHL team next year, completely bypassing the draft. Not only did I wholeheartedly believe that the situation should never have been discussed, it turned out later that it would have been very difficult for him to get into the league in the first place, since the AHL's commissioner stated that he would not allow it.

It was clear that Tavares explored all options trying to leave the Generals to play somewhere pro next season, but it seems that his search has come to an end. Now we speculate on who will end up with the first overall pick in 2009, I'm sure the Leafs have a great chance now ;)


Max to the House said...

I was not a fan of how that whole situation was dealt with. That being said if I had to guess as to who will land him in the 2009 draft right now I am going with Edmonton!