Originally Posted by Maddict5
you would think that would be the fairest way for teams who've lost FA's to replenish immediately...esp since theres little to none qualifying guys signed after the draft(and in the rare cases where there are, those can be pushed to next yrs draft)
Especially when the largest part of the "secret" formula is the average salary of the contract. Playing time and wards matter, but sems to be less than pure contract value. Never have seen a "why" as to the year wait.
Realistically, most late 3rds don't provide immedaite returns, so you are looking 2014-15 before getting impact, if at all from the compensatory picks.