In the 2005 CBA, NHL Clubs had a two (2) year window, in which, they would retain the exclusive rights to sign a non-North American player on the drafting club's reserve list.
This two-year window was expanded to a four-year window in the most recent CBA.
Another change in the new CBA removed the requirement of providing a European player with a “Bona Fide Offer.” In the past when an NHL Club drafted a European player the club was required to extend a “Bona Fide Offer” after the first year in order to enjoy the exclusive rights for an additional year.
Now when an NHL club drafts a player who has played for a non-North American club, the NHL Club will have the exclusive rights to that player for a period of four (4) years regardless of whether the NHL club extends a “Bona Fide Offer” to the player.
Long story short, anyone drafted from a European team who remains there (not Russia with no transfer agreement) who's eighteen or nineteen, no longer requires the first year offer or needs to be signed by the end of their second year or they can re-enter the draft.
Ville Pokka 2012 draft pick from Europe=two years 5/31/2014
Viktor Crus Rydberg 2013 draft pick from Europe=four years 5/31/2017
Does this change anything regarding qualified David Ullstrom or not qualified Mikko Koskinen but listed on the Islanders website as a prospect or Kirill Petrov? No.
Edmonton Sun: Oil Kings win WHL Championship, Griffin Reinhart MVP
Oil Kings will play in the Memorial Cup this weekend.
The Edmonton Sun/Journal are working very hard creating trade senarios for New York to send him to Edmonton as part of trading up.
I want to see one where the Oilers 2015 first rounder/Taylor Hall come to New York.