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Not much scholarship money for average 3.5GPA white kids these days.
Son has 4 D3 schools interested "if" he stays and ages out of Jrs. He's 19, putting up points, what do they think is going to change in a year. He's ready for school and doesn't want to wait just to play at the schools he has talked to. How do you convince a kid to do another year of Jrs when they are pretty much done.
Yes, the NAHL is tier 2. Not all NAHL players get offers, but many do.
I am not entirely surprised that NCDC kids are not getting offers. NCDC is not viewed as favorably as the NAHL.
Americans playing in the BCHL without offers? That surprises me.
I agree that OP did not say "offers" - he said interest, not offers. There is an obvious difference.
I do not agree that all NAHL players must await their age-out year to get offers. Yes, many NAHL players need to sweat it out until the age-out year before the first offer comes. But I know several current or former NAHL players who got offers - some from very good schools/academies - one or two years before the age-out year. A quick look at the NAHL news section reveals several 03s who not only got offers, but committed this year. Depends on many, many factors, including the player's size, ability, character, grades, experience, representation, coach support, etc.