You have no idea what you are talking about. There are at least 5 MA kids at 03 level with a shot to make that team.
No there’s not Dad. At this point it’s likely the real evaluators will take over. They will shake their heads and quickly cross off the names of those who were sent there due to connections or phone calls. Likely some will be your 5 ‘03 MA heroes. Heads out of the sand people. Chop chop! Not many special players out there despite the shells and helmet stickers. College is quickly approaching, so please make sure they do their summer reading.
Regardless of motivation, these comments are really misplaced. Just making it to the National Festival is a great accomplishment. The margins between players who don’t get invited to the NTDP Final 40, who do get invited, and who ultimately make the team are razor thin. This is just a snapshot of a player’s development at the end of their U15 year. There are really good players who won’t make the NTDP and be great players in the USHL, DI, and beyond. Why? Because development doesn’t stop at the time the NTDP is selected. In fact, if a player isn’t really ready to play in the USHL as a 16 year old, then their development path might be better somewhere else than the NTDP. There are also hundreds more players from each year that will play in the USHL and DI than the twenty something players who play on the NTDP. Almost all of the best 16 year olds who did not make the NTDP will play at least another year for their club or prep school before moving on to juniors.
As far as 02’s, there is great variation in who makes the NTDP from each state year to year. One year is not a trend. Although one 02 who did make the NTDP is from RI, he played for the CCW in Mass. That means three 02 players with strong Mass connections made the team compared to four 01’s the prior year.
MA already has two players on the National team at this level, DC and MB. This Camp is for a second tier team. Next week MA has several promising 2003s competing for slots in the NTDP program.
Pretty good spin considering the 01 class produced four kids and the 02 just the two
The 01 MA class placing 4 kids on the NTDP an anomaly and not the norm. The 99 MA class has zero. The 00 MA class really had 1 player (other player was really from Maine but listed as Mass) on the NTDP. The 02 MA class has 2. Add in the growth of hockey in non-traditional areas and the explosion of players (195K playing in 1991 vs 562K playing in 2017) and its more difficult for states to place multiple players into the NTDP. Getting one or two kids from MA on the team is the norm.