It can be tough to walk that line sometimes.
Regardless of how tough that line is to walk, we know that it happens. NHL teams aren’t afraid to draft players who have already been passed up at least once in the NHL Draft.
In doing some quick digging in regards to overagers being drafted, I found that 18.6% (19 out of 102) of the WHL players drafted into the NHL in the past 3 seasons were in either their 2nd or 3rd year of eligibility for the NHL Draft. Here is the list:
Does that mark of nearly 19% seem high to anyone else? It did to me during my initial glance. But, after doing some more thinking about it, it really does make some sense for a couple of reasons.