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My kid played T1EHL/ECEL and USPHL. T1EHL is clearly better. ECEL is not.
NAPHL better than USPHL. ECEL is an even swap with USPHL.
Not all USPHL teams offer equal value, although the top-5 are usually good every year. Agree that the rest of the league is a toss up with NAPHL and ECEL.
SASKS and York Skipjacks provide a very different development model and may be worth considering. Everyone's very familiar with Selects Academy, but Skipjacks are lesser known. Their track record for moving kids on to next level the last 4 years is hard to argue, if that's what you're shooting for.
Since the OP mentioned PA to begin with, billeting in York may be a reasonable option.