Aside from money and egos, NCDC was started so New England teens wouldn't have to move to IOWA for 4 years to play good junior hockey. The recent NAHL migration to New England is changing that advantage.
Either will get you to D3.
Take Trouba for example - the captain of a good NAHL team and league all star, along with the brother of an NHL player now plays D3. Looking at that example a lot of people have to get more realistic about their little superstar's future.
with Covid,additional eligibility, and the transfer portal bursting
more players from the Nahl will be in D3.
mascac not as much but other D3 leagues