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No doubt. People confuse a few issues. They think the caliber of players from mass is on the decline based on other players being from Florida,California,Texas etc being just as good if not better. They think because only a handful of Mass kids on U17 and 18 National devt teams means mass hockey not putting out as many good players. This thinking is just not accurate. All this means is that there are more players from all over the country playing hockey than ever before. Mass kids are now competing with kids from all these other so called non hockey markets for spots on the devt team,prep school slots,college scholarships,USHL rosters etc.....all this means is that there are less opportunities for all the good players from Mass because there are also now good players from other areas that previously didn't exist. Doesn't mean the talent level is dropping, it just means less opportunity. 15-20 years ago scholarship players at BC and BU weren't competing for spots with kids from Texas and California. Now they are.
Not in denial. It's called logic. So in 5 years when lax kids from the south and West Coast start eating into scholarships at Syracuse,John Hopkins and Duke are you goin to start to say the talent level in NY and New England is on the decline?