agree, a lot of good teams fighting for 3 spots. Rumor has it that Assabet lost players but who knows if that's true, I bet they will be a top team in parity. Knights look strong after Assabet, then Glades, Rifles, Bruins etc...
05 brackets are lopsided - how do they determine which teams play in each pool? Is it done randomly? In my opinion the 05 Pool B has the top teams with Riffles, Glades, and Jr. Sharks as E9 prospects - but none of these teams will compete at a high level in E9.
Pool A really has mostly Select level teams, even though they're labeled Elite with RI Saints, Jr. Bruins, and the new 95 Giants. If any of these teams win their Pool and happen to get into the E9 they will have a long...very long, time to turn the team over long, season in the E9.
As an observer, with no ties, but many years experience as a coach and a player, I am amazed at how ignorant and uneducated the youth hockey community in New England is.
I have the pleasure of watching and consulting, meeting with youth hockey players and coaches, but the majority of people who are involved with promoting youth hockey in New England (notice I did not say teaching) have absolutely no clue, and in fact are driving New England hockey backwards!
Great action in Pool B - terrific games and high level of play with Jr. Sharks, Riffles, Glades and Lovell Knights. Fun to watch. In Pool A, RI Saints and Wizards looked strong and are probably the only two contenders. Today's games should be fun to watch as things shake out and teams vie for the 2 spots in E9.