As per TSN:
BUFFALO - The Buffalo Sabres signed the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, forward Sam Reinhart, to a three-year, entry-level contract on Saturday.
Reinhart, who became the Sabres' highest draft pick since Pierre Turgeon was selected first overall in 1987, was selected from Kootenay of the Western Hockey League and was named the WHL 2013-14 Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.
The mention of Turgeon got me thinking. Historically, the odds of an 18 year old making a NHL roster was slim and based almost solely off the kid having an outstanding camp. Since the introduction of the cap this is becoming almost commonplace as teams are in constant search for cap room and cheap roster alternatives.
So, are the emergence of 18 year olds making teams more of a money issue or are they truly ready? One example, it could be argued that Nugent-Hopkins could have stood to play another year of junior. His body was slight for his age and, sure enough, he now has perpetual shoulder problems due to an injury in his rookie season. How has this stunted his growth if at all?
I am interested to hear some opinions on this.