Its about the product, price, placement and promotion... or just create another Twitter account same difference
"...so many kids are good, but the ones that get their shot are the ones we hear about." 100% true. The old 'the cream always rises to the top' and 'if the kid is good they will find him' are so outdated and beyond stupid I hope I never hear it ever again in hockey circles.
I've been through it and this 'you have to market' is the new reality. Many times the coaches don't know if the kid 'loves, loves, loves' the game or he's just good at it. If they the kids are marketed the message is 'hey I want to keep playing past h.s..' Same with legacy kids, this is why they advance so often. The coaches and scouts pretty much know these kids are very committed to the family business unlike a kid who's dad is a surgeon or a lawyer. Go watch a good D-3 college game and go watch a good D-1 college game. Some differences in size, skill and speed that are noticeable but a first liner on most good college teams - baring obvious size and speed challenges most top-end D-3 kids can easily play 3rd line D-1. Today so many kids advance on their reputations & last name rather than any noticeable difference on the ice and they get their reputation by being on the right teams, playing alongside named players and shameless marketing; yes marketing.
Word that - "The old 'the cream always rises to the top' and 'if the kid is good they will find him' are so outdated and beyond stupid"
The problem is, many kids are now good. Many kids are very good due to the high level of training and competitive environment we have here in New England. I agree, I go watch the kids I hear about, not the ones waiting for me to see them.