What’s the best path to get drafted into NHL? Suppose I had a 15 year old son entering his sophomore year who is ahead of the curb by all accounts, producing at prep and doing the appropriate work. Does he stay put in school? Does he make jump to USHL? Does he entertain calls from other JR leagues?
MA Prep schools supplied 5 picks while USHL Supplied 23 picks. Not sure how many USHL picks used prep as steppingstone.
Always play in the best league available to you
If he’s not getting selected for the USHL, or at least the NAHL, he’s not making the NHL. Why would he consider any other Jr. league. If he was my kid, and his dob would allow it, I would recommend he get his prep school diploma & then play 1 year in the USHL.
15yo do not do well in USHL. Too young, not developed enough. Plenty of 16yo giving USHL a shot. Austin Mathews was 1 ppg over a 20 game span in 2013-2014. Jack Hughes was 2 ppg in 2017-2018. But these are the best of the best, the other 95% struggle. 17 to 18's fare much better. Stay in prep and put up numbers.
Is your kid a Unicorn? Thats what it takes. Size, Skill, Strength and Help..lots of help getting there.
Is that the right question to ask about going pro? What about how can hockey help your child be a better human being and one day can make him/her be a better sibling, son/daughter and one day a great parent. If the kids puts in the work he/she might save a few bucks playing hockey for a college which potentially could lead to a higher education and a good job! If your fortunate to be blessed with the skill set to continue on more power to the kid, because now he/she is playing with house money! My advice to you (the parent) is to change your mind set and have real achievable goals for your little one!
Dear crazy hockey dad, if your kid is half as good as you think he is they will find him.
That's probably not good enough for you though so find a keyboard, make sure you have internet access and go to a website called "google". When you get there type in " hockey advisors near me". From that list use your mouse and click away to read about the hockey advisors near you. Word on the street is they even are nice enough to do a free consult. At said consult explain how your son is a 15 year old phenom and is headed to the show. Make sure you mention he is a unique case (cause he's your son).
If you aren't sure the advisor is being honest with you watch his reaction when you tell him all this. If he doesn't openly laugh at you and take a deep breath before sharing his thoughts, he isnt being honest. Go back to google and try the next one. Please be sure to report back to all of us.
No way, 10 year old hockey parents are more idiotic than the prep school daddy here. He's likely got a 15 year old he's bragging about. The kid likely has a solid 4 years of D3 college hockey in his future. Graduates college, becomes a cube monkey and dominates the over 30 mens league when he's in his mid 20's. Knocks a girl up out behind Skate 3 after one too many bud lights and not enough parking lot lighting. Will have a son of his own someday.
Kid will also play hockey and the dad can brag his kid is elite to his cube monkey friends.
A story as old as time.
Sorry you're getting nothing but garbage answers here, but if you have a HS sophomore, surely you have enough experience with the dboard to know that this is exactly what you were going to get asking a question like that.
Reality is, nobody on here has a kid that's going to the show, so asking questions here is asking the blind for directions. Wish I could give you some honest advice, but like everyone else here, my kid is a bender and I'm just hoping he'll get to play varsity prep at some point.
If you really want to know the path, at a minimum you should be asking this question on the HS/juniors board and maybe you'll have better luck and fewer yahoos there.
There are 2 kinds of players, the 1% born gifted and identified early like the the top pros, and the rest that are not at that level but still top players. To go up the ladder, these have to work harder than everyone else (not just say they do) along with having the right contacts to push them along.
The first group doesn't really matter the path, that will be decided for them. The rest need to play at the highest level they can every step of the way and also have trusted hockey people in their corner to promote them over the rest of the 99%.
This thread is a real indicator of the uselessness of this board.
This board has been useful to me for a few things. There is a lot of sarcasm and people who seem to think hockey parents are obsessed.
Most parents have some amount of ‘obsession’ over whatever activity their kid is doing. You should see dance moms.