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Easy to be a dink on the dboard but most who have gone through it get it. To each is how and pick your own path but they all have pitfalls. Lots of kids go to USHL too soon and never develop. Now had they waited would they have been better off? Who knows, maybe they just reached their peak and would have faded away no matter what path.
Same goes at other levels. Some kids leave college early and never pan out. Some are told to leave, but stay in and make it to the NHL.
Everyone peaks, just at different times. Don't have numbers but there seems to be more NCAA/Undrafted players now in the NHL than ever. It just highlights the issue of rushing kids when they are still growing and not giving them a chance to pan out.
Bottom line is there are no do-overs.
Yes highlighting exceptions and applying their path it to any kid is a great way to prove your point. Bravo Beavis.
If a kid is good enough then the next step becomes more obvious. That happens for very few.
Was there anyone out there saying these guys were anything but automatic for the NHL? Why else would they have left school skippy? Playing college, world juniors is a heck of a lot closer in level and a much more reliable predictor than new england hs or prep to the ushl. If they weren't close, they would have been told to stay.
I'm sure all the scouts following your kid are telling you he is ready for the USHL so you go for it.
Yeah ok your right. It really is the same as predicting a HS kids ability in the USHL.