Should Oliver Wahlstrom Be Eligible for NHL Entry Draft?

Let's face it — Oliver Wahlstrom has the goods.

The 11-year-old phenom has gone viral again this week with an incredible lacrosse-style goal in the TD Garden Mini 1-on-1 tournment, and many of the comments about the young star's ability have centered around his future as an NHL prospect.

Tyler Seguin has shown that young players can contribute right away to the NHL, so the next question would be — is the league's age requirement for the draft too high? In comparison to other sports, hockey's 18-year-old minumum is right in the middle of the road.

Baseball forces players to turn 18 before they can be drafted. David Stern, on the other hand, makes players wait two years after graduating high school before entering the NBA Draft. While pro football prevents players from eligibility until they are three years removed from college, Amobi Okoye began playing college football at age 16 and was still only 19 when he was the youngest player ever drafted.

Other sports have much more lax rules when it comes to signing players. Real Madrid recently signed a seven-year-old to a pro contract, although the international soccer market works a little differently than American pro sports.

Although if a child has talent, why not give him an opportunity to provide a little financial security for himself and his family?

What should the NHL Draft's minimum age requirement be?

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