I don't know enough of these kids to agree or disagree with your statement about killing the prep argument, I'll leave that to those of you who have kids who are draft eligible this year & followed these players closely. That said, I don't personally know anyone whose kid had a legitimate shot at playing D-I that said "Don't go to the USHL", just the opposite. Those that I know view prep as the stepping stone to the USHL and if they don't develop enough to get there, well their kid got a great high school education that hopefully helps them get into a strong academic school.
Here's a real question for those of you that have closely watched these players. How many of the USHL kids played U-16/U-18 FS here vs either prep or public HS? I could only find one kid from the local full season options, does this mean FS is really nothing more than a money grab or is it too early to really make that call?
Full season is not the way to go in this area - its clearly prep. Look at the college commits, look at the NHL mid season rankings.....NOTHING is pointing to full season as the best development method other than the marketing of the programs who are lining their pockets. All the best players play prep, leftover kids play full season. Sure you may find a player or two that goes to next level playing full season but 99% go the prep route. Your call.
Prep only matters in your New England bubble
The rest of the country laughs at your split season / prep model - it's a complete joke for development
Tier I Elite Hockey League and HPHL send WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY more players every year to the USHL, NAHL, D1, and eventually NHL than the entire NE Prep league combined
You Boston blowhards gloat about 10-12 prep kids on central scouting??????
Im sure you're aware that scouts discount "playing in an enigma high school league" when evaluating prep players right?????
Keep paying $50K per year and reading the Jeff Cox propaganda to keep the dream alive!!!!!
No but my kid was a boarder & that's what my family paid, 5K because if I didn't, it would have been considered taxable income. Since my kid wasn't in the same hockey universe skill wise (he was just a solid 2 year varsity player) as MW, JCB, NH, CW, etc. I am assuming they got similar deals. That is where I got my facts from.
Also, it was interesting as we went through the process how different the aid packages were from different schools. I don't think it is coincidence that schools with name recognition, many "full freight" students and very large endowments offered far more aid than those without, even though tuition costs were all similar.