You've committed to the season, let the season play out. If he's not playing regular on the big club by the end of the season it's time to move on, may be time to move on regardless. Get those college apps out this month and make plans to go to school next year.
Its this mentality that gives leagues like this reason to exist in the first place. So much demand created because little Jonny Bender cant crack the top roster, so might as well move to another org and see if he can get more playing time there! I thought when the Empire league died, the tier4 model would too but nope
PLAY IT OUT
Tough spot for sure. Is it possible for him to take classes at a community college AND finish out the season. If hockey isn't going to work out he can go to college next year as a sophomore. If it looks like hockey is going to work out and college would like for him to come play he can drop a class so he isn't a full-time student and enter as a freshman.
Any good 04 not in prep should be playing full season.
Don't want to sound mean, but the chances of an '03 who is only in the EHL playing D1 or quality D3 hockey is low. An '03 who is not currently in the USHL or BCHL is on the outside looking in. An '03 who is not in at least the NAHL or AJHL is WAY on the outside (unless he is either tearing it up in the NAHL or AJHL, dominating the NCDC, or has a stellar academic record and is shooting for an elite D3 college).
Were it me, I would choose some target colleges (based on academics, not athletics) and get his applications out ASAP - targeting a Fall 2023 start. It's a little late at this point, but you still have time.
I would shy away from staring college in the Winter term, unless of course you are at a community or local college trying to knock off some core classes. Its better to start with an incoming class.
ACHA - which is not a bad option - will be there regardless ... and completing this gap year playing junior might help him in that regard.
The original poster was talking about his 03 still waiting to be called up to the EHL from the lower EHLP league.