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Re: Getting into the NAHL or the NCDC

Some teams still have Pre-Draft Camps. My kid got invited to one today that starts May 31st by a team's scout. We told him he can't make it, and the scout said he would be sure he was invited to their Main Camp.

Main Camps aren't really that hard to get invited to. It also doesn't mean he will be looked at. Sure, if he stands out. They key is, you don't want him to go in as an anonymous player. You want them looking for him, then looking at him, and deciding if he's a prospect.

But, you're also only getting looked at by one team. Some teams combine their pre-draft camps so there are 4 teams there. Then there are the Combines in April. Almost all the teams have scouts there, as well as NA3 teams and EHL teams. My kid got a lot of emails from the Attleboro camp, but more from the Detroit camp. I think Detroit was more worthwhile. This was the first one in Attleboro, maybe it'll get better. He did get a call from an EHL coach this weekend that saw him in Attleboro.

But, don't kid yourself, the NAHL is hard to play in. People here talk about it like it's easy. Lots of players out there trying for the same few spots, most just as good as your kid if not better.

Re: Getting into the NAHL or the NCDC

Where did he play last year?

Re: Getting into the NAHL or the NCDC

He played USPHL 16U last year, now he plays USPHL 18U... different clubs tho

Re: Getting into the NAHL or the NCDC

NCDC path more realistic. If he is playing USPHL at u18 level he has no shot at the NAHL next year. Maybe, maybe in 3 years

Re: Getting into the NAHL or the NCDC

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NCDC path more realistic. If he is playing USPHL at u18 level he has no shot at the NAHL next year. Maybe, maybe in 3 years
Don't listen to people like this guy. Every player is different. Every situation is different.

Make the choice that provides the best development path for your kid. If in doubt, use the quality of the coaching to help make your decision. Talk to players that played for the coach.

But, for anyone to say this league can't lead to that opportunity, well, it's a generalization that may be true in most cases, but not all cases. Be realistic about what your player is, and help him to create a path. If you can afford a NAHL camp, go. It's a good measuring stick (if you have the ability to be objective about your kid).