Specifically for the MA 03 group, after the top 30 skaters it gets very close depending what a evaluator is looking for. Some skate better, some have size, some have IQ, it becomes very hard to evaluate with no outside influence. What would make the difference from say a player rated #65 vs #79. Splitting hairs for 16 year old evals is virtually impossible. Why do you think you hear the same 30 players names ALL THE TIME.
As for leagues and teams, Strong 1/2 season players get the exposure but fade when the Prep season starts because they are not getting the ice time and again are 16 playing against 18 year olds. If your son is on a full season team, focus on bigger, faster, stronger and stay the path. Good Luck!
Yeah, the 8 or 9 older benders on a crappy u18 team WAY better than the top kids on my sons ISL school...holy cow FS Coach....let it go.
So your 03 is better than the 18 year old's he plays against in Prep? Doubt it
Ahh..if you knew and saw him you you wouldn’t question it. Bigger point is there is no FS U16 player that could carry his bag...
The more significant point here is that why would any even decent 03 play USPHL FS 16 instead of finding a good half season team and then play HS or Prep?? The obvious answer is 99% of them couldn't do the latter. The good half season teams don't want those kids and they can't play prep or most good HS teams. So they're left with low level FS 16.
I'd say just have fun, play on an convenient half season team and grind it out on your HS team or JV prep and call it a career. It should be a fun activity at this point. Their not going to play college hockey or even anything past 2 years of Tier 3 juniors. Why bother spending $8,500 plus another $5-7K in expenses to play what amounts to JV or low level MIAA hockey anyway.. I don't get it. The Kings, Bandits, Jr. Bruins thank you for your patronage..
Wow. Someone likes to hang at the DUX VFW....
ALL local USPL teams would beat any town HS.