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If your coach tells you and your son to "remain cautiously optimistic" about playing next season, it means your son is on the bubble. It also means the coach is a douchebag and a cowand.
The bubble player ;
Basically you are not good enough to play and if anyone better shows up at Evals then you won’t. However. If they need your check to fill out a roster due to lack of other available talent then you are good enough.
What people fail to recognize is that almost every kid is a bubble player and parents are just thankful better kids don’t show up at their Evals.