"Enjoy the journey wherever it may take you"
So when a kid is drafted, does that mean he has already told the team he will do it? Or is it a pig-in-a-poke like getting drafted into the Q and they hope you'll start studying French ASAP?
What do you think? There are many good players, some better than the ones that were picked. So with 10 total picks, why draft a lesser player or any player if you had no idea if they were even interested in playing?
Provided that USHL affiliates are eligible to be rostered on NCDC teams, it's a worthwhile gamble.
In some cases, a young USHL draftee doesn't make the team out of camp, and then has to find a place to play/develop for a year+. Prep used to be the only option, but now that kid could play NCDC for a year, or until he makes the USHL roster.
Older kids could also realize they are outgrowing Prep, and see NCDC as a better option than playing against younger kids for another year.