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This draft is for the future of the programs. None are excepted to play for 2 yrs.
it’s the fact that MA hockey is falling behind in developing top talent.
New rinks , programs and skill sessions at every exit off any main route/highway in Ma.
It’s all Watered down!
A couple buddies called last night from NY and NJ, their 02's were drafted last night, but couldn't get the aid to get into Prep this past year. Kids are B+ students and couldn't get any aid. Everyone has a route to pick I guess.
It's not so much if they are or not developing here but a primary issue is too many kids can't cut mommy's apron string and pack-up and go and this gives scouts, teams and this league a reason to pass on a lot of N.E. kids. That's one issue and another is there aren't too many kids in this region who are actively marketed to the USHL teams. Here it's 'prep, prep, prep!' and this turns a lot of the teams off. "Oh do I want my kid graduating from Nobles or Sioux Falls metropolitan high school?" Beleive me they've heard that too many times.
Love the public high school kid a few years ago who went out there and made a team during a summer camp and when the coach called him he took a pass. Story is the coach said to the kid's dad, "you don't understand, players don't turn US down." Kid just didn't want to play.
So why should they bother drafting a N.E. kid unless he's serious or comes from an NHL pedigree where the parents knew how there game works?
Just pump the breaks there just a little bit. Many of the "125+ kids verbally committed to colleges last season = results" is a bit misleading. Many of these kids had verbally committed to college before they ever played a single prep game. And as we know, a verbal commitment is about as meaningful as the paper it isn't written on.