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Despite the new name and “tuition-free” classification, the USPHL NCDC hasn’t changed much from previous renditions.
There are a few decent teams and a few good players, but there is no depth whatsoever. The league remains the haves and the have nots. The Jersey Hitmen, Islanders HC and Junior Bruins are the class of the league.
The league needs to put a limit on over-age players (1997s) in order to improve its product. Over the weekend at the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout, one league team dressed 12 players born in 1997. Two other teams dressed 10 players born in 1997.
A perfect example of this is South Shore Kings not playing an ‘00 from its 18U team that is better at his position than over-age players on its NCDC team.
The league’s business model chooses economics over integrity on the ice. The USPHL would rather push college commitments and keep older players in the system while holding down good players at the 18U Division.
The USPHL NCDC needs to limit over-age players to five per team. It also needs to put in a rule that teams must dress a certain amount of 18U players per game. It would improve the product.
It will likely be another year where the USPHL is shut out at the NHL Draft. The last player from the USPHL’s top junior league to be selected was John Marino back in the 2015 NHL Draft. Merrimack commit Jonathan Young of the Islanders is the only player in the NCDC with an outside chance to hear his name called come next June in Dallas.
I really want to see good junior hockey in the Northeast, but it’s hard to take the NCDC seriously when one game started over an hour after it was supposed to on Sunday. Stop charging scouts and college coaches to watch NCDC games. Despite the league’s best attempts at good PR, the NCDC is the laughing stock of college coaches and NHL scouts.
seems like a hit piece to me.