If facts are allowed, why does it have to be 2-3 more years of where your at? You can leave prep after 10th or 11th when you probably have a better idea from your college when they expect you to come in. What in the hell would you go out there for if your 16 and your college doesn't anticipate you coming in until you are 20.
Every kid is different. TJW is an exceptional player. Most kids his age are not as good. Most kids can't follow his path because he was good enough to play out there at his age. Most are not and won't make a team even if they wanted to go out there.
My kid played two years of Prep (yes, after repeating), but did his final two years in the USHL, and just finished his freshman year playing Hockey East (19 year old). If he finished his four years at Prep, he wouldn't have been ready for College, and would have had to do an extra year (Juniors) before going to college.
Post above was well put. My kid wasn't drafted and will try his luck in the new NCDC league. The kids picked were mostly deserving, a few favors late, everyone knows the drill. My kids biggest complaint was that he entertained constant texts from the local kid "ushl scout" who he only responded to because he felt like he had to. I probably paid for a couple tournaments like a dope too because of his emails making sure the USHL team was mentioned at least 5 times. USHL teams should really do something about "scouts" piggy backing their brand to squeeze every penny possible.
Getting drafted is a blessing in disguise. Most 16-17 year old kids are not even close to ready to go out there but when they are they were undrafted and can choose the best situation for themselves.
I know a local kid that was pretty pi$$ed he wasn't drafted, but got invited to 6 main camps within a day of the draft and a D1 offer within a week. They miss all the time - especially with kids around here that they just don't get to see that much.