Just looked at two USHL teams. Only one player was not on protected/affiliate lists. Now if your looking at all of the players who played 1-2 games then your a fool. I'm talking about those that are there for the season, not a cup of coffee. Every other kid was drafted or traded for from another USHL team that drafted them.
My son played town hockey three years ago, Played E9 for two, plays Prep now on varsity as a freshman, got cut in 40 for USA NTDP camp, keeps moving up the ladder, little by little.
You know...the best thing is that he is learning the value of hard work. Some of these camps are pipe dreams, but he loves the sport...absolutely loves it. We let him go to one away camp per year for the last two years. It's an award for working hard. Sports lead to better education. Education leads to better sports. I am loving the journey of him moving from a boy to a man...
In laboris intentis, profectus