D-3 NCAA is no great shakes. Take a Mass D-1 / C.C. H.S. player who skates on the first line and you have a D-3 kid. Sure they expect the kid to show-up as a 20 year old freshman but it's really not a great leap.
Not sure that either of the two replies above can be squared with the actual data. This is from the EHL website https://cdn2.sportngin.com/attachments/document/ad4f-2539670/2018-19_DII-III_Advancement_Data-FOR_WEB.XLSX#_ga=2.247879310.805814697.1634219224-2113341515.1613310203
Load the spreadsheet and sort by league. You will see that there are MANY tier 2 and Junior A players (and some USHL players) playing NCAA D2 and D3 hockey. The kids entering NCAA D2/D3 directly from high school are mostly repeats coming from NE prep schools. Just looking quickly, I don't see ANY Massachusetts public HS benders or CC starters going straight into NCAA hockey.
Yeah I think the guy covered that point about kids going from high school hockey to NCAA with the "...they expect the kid to show-up as a 20 year old freshman." Those kids who play higher level high school hockey all go to Jr.s or do a PG year at a prep. Every last college coach you speak with will tell you they prefer 20 year old men instead of 17-18 year old boys.
I think his bigger point is the D-3 hockey scene is nice but it's certainly not an impossibility for most good high school players. Without naming names my oldest boys high school team sent 6-7 kids to junior hockey (most local, one to Canada, one to the Midwest) and a few to prep hockey. A couple play(ed) D-1 college, a handful to D-3 and a few to ACHA - their choice.
Go watch the Super 8 and then go watch Salem State vs. USNH or something like that and you tell me, with a couple years of experience & growth a Super 8 starter would have little problem handling D-3.
Usphl premier is terrible.. EHL has 17 teams (usphl premier has 60) and puts over 180 kids to ncaa d3. The usphl premier only puts up about 50 and there are 43 more teams..data doesn’t lie
Another who has a hard time reading. Of course no one shows up to play D-1 or D-3 hockey as an 18 year old. That was covered by the guy in "...they expect the kid to show-up as a 20 year old freshman."
Wonder what that number is if you take out NESCACs
Definitely different. The NESCACs and other highly selective LACs are more likely to take direct-from-prep players and tier 2 juniors. Still, there are some tier 3 players headed to NESCACs too. Anyone know if those are mostly A-band players?
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