No, not Naive at all. I completely agree about the talent piece. I know that making it takes an immense amount of talent, dedication and commitment. It is not for the faint of heart and NO ONE gets there without sacrifice. Difference between me and you is that I have the capacity to BIG PICTURE it and you only have the ability to focus on ONE experience.
What I have seen is my son's friend who did one extra year for soccer and ended up at Holy Cross, his basketball friends that did ONE extra year in prep and played for Lehigh University and Vanderbilt. His baseball friend who re classified and played baseball at Boston College. NOT ONE did three extra years. So please stop with your BS. Yes there is the anomaly football kid, but overall this process is unique to hockey. Just because my kid made it doesn't make the three year system right.
I am done.. As the old saying goes you can't fix stupid!!
Stupid is the inability to do simple math and understand the system if you really have a kid that's gone through it. If the avg freshmen is 20, that's one year. Seniors in HS are 18. A year of juniors is 19. Freshmen are 20. Now if you have gone and done a repeat and have not played juniors then that's your choice but you won't be ready from a hockey standpoint unless you play USHL.
I can pick out just as many kids as your baseball or soccer friends who didn't have to repeat or PG or any of that and go right to college so stop with the one offs. You hate the hockey system we get it. Your wrong but sorry again your kid got cut.