I have read numerous articles that included interviews with college coaches and I don't think I ever read one where a coach said he thought it was a good idea to be recruiting kids so young. The common refrain was I hate it but I have to do it because of the Canadian junior system. It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact this has on that issue as it is unique to the hockey world. If there isn't a sudden outflow of young US talent up north, it's a great change. Hopefully the advisors are honest with the kids and help steer them to the path that is best for the players development.
I am honored and proud to announce my commitment to play at ..................... LOL
It will be fascinating to see how this plays out in our little hockey world and I envision an explosion in advisors coming. Think about it, most 8th and many 9th graders are still playing for daddy coaches on their club teams, that's the guy who's going to be talking to Jerry York? I didn't see any mention of advisors in the article but my assumption is there will be a new business model of "I'll be your go between". I'm also willing to bet that there will be more youth camps hosted by college teams since that seems to be the only setting for direct contact.
There are only two real changes to the current state. 1. The athletic department can't give the kid a tour but the kid can go on campus and they can meet with them. From there they send the family over to admissions and they give the tour. 2. Move official visits up a year. Senior year visits are a joke because LOI's are all signed by November of 12th grade anyway so this might be helpful for schools.
In all, nothing much changes. There will be no explosion of advisors. That happened years ago and there is already not enough good hockey players to meet the demand of these guys. They have already been providing the link to college coaches for 8-10th grades and so that doesn't change.
Now if we can just get rid of the 21 year old college freshmen who is 'so proud to bring his hockey talent to XYZ University.'
If you go to campus on an unoffical visit you can't meet with the coaches. It doesn't mean you cant talk with them over the phone. They can't call you but you can call them and if they answer, they can talk to you.
All this really does is free up the coaches from having to show kids/families around campus on unofficial visits. They can still talk, still offer and kids will still post comittments on twitter.