Watched Hanifin play from age 7 to 13 with the SSK. Team was stacked and absolutely killed every team they played. In regards to Hanifin he played varsity hockey as a 13 year old 8th grader went on to NTDP for one year BC at 17 and played in NHL AT 18 all while playing the toughest position. I would say that's pretty impressive and doubt we'll see it again. Eichel didn't see him much as a kid but I'm sure he dominated as well .
I guess every thread leads to EHF vs NEHL/E9...
My son played with Hannifin for a split season at BA during Bantams. The thing with him was yes he was very good but also he was a very early growing kid and a big kid so he stood out early. For defensemen the biggest young kids don't always end-up being the best players as you will see many late bloomers move past the Peewee 'can't miss prospects' and the can't miss kids fade. Look at the Boston Mission defesnemen - stud Peewee kids and really not many panned-out.
This is why few young defensemen get college commits. If they are good but smaller the coaches want to wait to see if they will grow, if they are big and young the coaches want to see what else is coming along before they select a kid....unless of course he is a legacy kid, they always move to the front of the line. Afterall it is hockey.
Hanifin played BA split yes, but not bantam he played U18 as a 13 year old. He was big for his age and did stand out but he was standing out against kids 5 years older than him! Don't make it sound like he stood out because he was big. the kid was a stud at a young age ..... He just turned 20 and has 150 NHL games under his belt as a Dman, not bad!
I guess my kid played U18 as a 13 year old too as they are the same age...my kid has 150 fewer NHL games though.