posted today on SBCollegehockey
These are 03s? 14 years old? Not even in HS yet? Someone spent a lot of time writing this up. For what?
How much did this thing cost? Not too hard or expensive to pay a hockey guy interested in a scouting career a few bucks out of the pie to write this up just built it into the cost of this thing, I'm sure Fitzgerald knows many ...we all know its earlier and earlier kids are being scouted, if my kid was towards the top of his age group I probably would have begrudgingly have him do it too...it's the new normal now, love it or hate it...I hate it
The guy who wrote it does it for the older age groups as well. It's what he does for a living. I don't usually agree with his analysis and it's usually word of mouth from "Personal Advisors". Love it or hate it the 03's are going to start verbally committing to schools next fall. The Top 01's did it the fall of their U14 season two years ago. Same with the 02's last year. Come November you'll see the 03's start verbals. Colleges lock in the top kids at 14/15 based on future potential. Coaches know what they're looking at and the first wave of 03's is only a matter of time. Just have to deal with it.
yes, the top top kids will start to commit. But the vast majority of these kids will have 4 years of high school/prep and a year or two of juniors - a good 5 or 6 additional years of development before they set foot on a college campus. Lot of things can happen in 5/6 years - for better or for worse. Don't be too worked up if you're 115lb 03 didnt make the list or get an invite.
We had the invite but my son had to finish a science project. You know, the things that 8th graders have to do. Can he get an honorable mention on the "rankings"?
Shoddy reporting. Where is the 05 write up!! they're only 6 years away from the NHL draft
Better than no write up at all I guess??
Imagine coming across the country and your kid not making the list at all..What a kick in the balls.
They ain't called 'crazy hockey parents' for nuttin! Can't wait for these young stars to be draft eligible. Safe travels everyone.
And it's also why the number of kids in this region developing at a high level is so low. Given the amount of "Elite" players, "Elite teams", "Elite Combines" and total dollars spent in this region feeding this scheme, you'd think New England would be at the top level of putting kids at the next level. But the truth these frauds don't want you to hear is it isn't. Look the NHL draft the past two years. These were the first wave of Elite program kids (98,99). You can count the prospects on one hand.
Coaches talk out of both sides of their mouths too. Play other sports, develop into an athlete they say. Sure. They'll line up and feed these Spring events too.