Maybe Nick Robertson CAN play in the American Hockey League?

We recently wrote about the Leafs’ options for Nick Robertson in the aftermath of controversial comments from provincial government officials regarding the OHL’s return being contingent upon the elimination of body contact. The comments stirred up a firestorm on social media but eventually died down when Premier Ford contradicted his minister and said the hope was that it could return with hitting after all.
One option that was talked about in the November 2020 article was the non-possibility of Robertson playing in the AHL this season, due to an agreement between the NHL and CHL that does not allow players from CHL teams to play in the AHL (or ECHL) until they are 20 years old (by December 31st of that year). However, Arpon Basu of The Athletic has some interesting news to share:

A team source reached out to mention NHL teams can have their CHL prospects play in the AHL up until their CHL league gets going and that is something the Canadiens might like to do with Kaiden Guhle. Would be rare opportunity to work with a young CHL prospect at the pro level.
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 4, 2021

So there may be a loophole here. As long as …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

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