News tonight that John Tavares and his agents want to declare for the 2008 Entry Draft.
Tavares misses eligibility for the 2008 Draft by just 5 days (current NHL rules state the line in the sand is September 15, he was born on the 20th). I would think the issue would turn on the argument that September 15th is an arbitrary date set by the league and that January 1st of each year would be the more logical eligibility date.
As for the Oilers, it points out just how ridiculous it would be to put in an offer sheet for Zach Parise. You lose at least one (and as many as three) first round picks, pay full price for a fine young player, AND give up your chip in the draft lottery (should the Oilers miss the playoffs by a bunch, which is certainly possible) that includes this kid.