PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Morgan Rielly, fifth overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, poses on stage with general manager Brian Burke (L) and team representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
According to this guy it did:
NHL-CHL transfer agreement (the 20-or-older rule to play in the AHL) expired back in July. Intriguing sidebar for upcoming AHL season.— Dan Weiss (@SARampage_Voice) August 14, 2012
That's certainly an interesting wrinkle with a pending lockout. AHL hockey would be absolutely bonkers next year.