Silly question....but how good does your kid need to be where it would make sense to have a hockey advisor? Do the advisors usually find you, so if your kid is a top player, they start knocking on the door? The "top-top" kids I would assume wouldn't need an advisor since they'll obviously get found. If my kid is not good enough for the USHL, is there any point for a hockey advisor?
Depends..we are from Western, MA which is pretty weak when it comes to exposure. We reached out to an advisor for advice, etc..he came out, watched a few games when my sons team played better teams to make it worth his time, liked what he saw and helped him get into prep this past year and has placed him a very good spring/summer team. Considering where we live, we are very happy with the outcome. My son was a 5' 8" forward, skilled player and has improved over the past 2 years. Our advisor checks in once or twice a week after games and to check on grades..Oh and we haven't paid him anything other than dinner a some beers.
There are two types of advisors. NHL agents who seek to advise top players. There is no contract, no fees. These are "informal" relationships. Agents cast a wide net over younger kids with the goal that some number will come out the other end and be professional players that the agent would then represent.
The paid for advisors do this for a living and are not typically NHL agents.
If your kid is good enough, he would have an NHL agent advisor by now and you wouldn't be wondering if he were good enough for the USHL. You would know. If you have not had anyone approach you, be real honest with yourself about how good your kid is and how much money you want to spend chasing the dream.
Depends on how old the OP's kid is. If your kid has already been eligible for one Phase II draft AND nobody has reached out, then I agree with other posters. If the kid is still in middle school, then obviously give it some time before you hang up the dream.