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No one said it was smart, just possible. And you don’t just sit out a year or more but you also give up a year of eligibility as well. So if you go major junior you better be sure.
If they made it easy and without real pain, everyone would do it.
Wow, those are some career stats. A 6'2" 200 pound wing who played 4 years in the OHL and two years in the USHL (basically 6 years of top top junior hockey) and he ends up at Salve Regina University where he puts up 9 points in 25 games. Unless there is a whole lot more to the story, I think it's about time he contacts the staffing agency about a job.
Four years total. Years overlap. Early developer none the less to play in the OHL at 16 years old but he obviously peaked early. That's the problem with juniors. Superstar at 16 doesn't mean superstar at 20. That's why NCAA is more appealing. Fewer games yes but plenty of time to develop. If you don't, still get a degree. Kind of a no brainer but not for the knuckle draggers in Canada who glamorize major junior as a destination instead of a stepping stone.