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Scoring is one aspect to the game and most good coaches (and experienced parents) know this. If the kid can play, he sticks. If the kid struggles an underclassman takes his place.
Look at defesnemen, unless you're on the P.P. you're likely to have limited impact on the score sheet. Plus some of the better defensive defensemen get a full shift on the P.K. so at higher levels it is often too much ice for a kid to handle doing both special teams and rolling over the boards every other shift. Being on the ice 3/4th of the game is a bit hard for anyone.
Not when coaches kids and friends are on team. GET OUT FAST!!!!
They don't have to produce.