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Re: Whalers U18s Nat

anon
Well as far as the U18 states go, the team with the most "commits" didn't win a single game. Committing to a D1 college indicates a players ability compared to his peers correct? And as a previous poster stated the team with the best players wins. Then that team should have won the whole thing as they had the most committed "best players" but they couldn't muster a win. I guess those experts who do it for a "living" must either be really bad at what they do or using some other criteria for judging players. Other than the team that won it all that had 3 to 4 elite players, that anyone could see were the best, I don't believe the other three semi finalists had 3 or 4 commits combined.
Exactly. These "scouts" go for names they know or the early maturers that appear on other lists. That minimizes their risk and allows them to continue to collect their "extravagant" weekly checks.

The NHL would love to see the draft age moved to 19, because they know it's a total crapshoot at 18 - let alone 14 or 15 when the schools are forced to "commit" to a player for fear of losing him to Bemidji State

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

The team that had the most commits were all 2000's. The other teams were majority '99s. Made a difference in a couple of the games. Don't feel bad for the 2000's, though, as many of them will be playing high-end D1 hockey in a few years.

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

Not to be a contrarian but the Lil Bruins were mostly 01s and 00s. 8 of the 12 skating in the final were 01 or 00. just saying

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

All 8 teams had top end 2000s. At u18, the extra year means less than it does when they are younger. At u16 you can see the older kids stand out, but not as much, if at all, at u18.

The Eagles did fine, as did other teams where 2000s were prominent players.

River Rats' best forward was a 2000, who scored 4 goals against Whalers. Senators had several 2000s who could arguably be their best players. Same with Rifles, who were missing their best 1999 forward due to injury.

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

Eagles did great.. didn't win a game. I guess thats the point of previous comments. The best kids, those with commits, should win games espentially against peers.

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

anon
Eagles did great.. didn't win a game. I guess thats the point of previous comments. The best kids, those with commits, should win games espentially against peers.
Eagles kids have played together since they were 5. You would think they could put the puck in the net by now. They skate in circles beautifully but can only ever score against bad teams. Don't think any of their players would actually do anything if they were put on a line with new kids. Look at their performances in National Camps as evidence of that. They've gone to such extremes to keep skating together that most of them play for St. Sebs, another team that can't score against good competition! All of their commits more goes to show the power of packaging and connected coaches in youth hockey than the kids' actual skill levels.

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

Anon
anon
Eagles did great.. didn\'t win a game. I guess thats the point of previous comments. The best kids, those with commits, should win games espentially against peers.
Eagles kids have played together since they were 5. You would think they could put the puck in the net by now. They skate in circles beautifully but can only ever score against bad teams. Don't think any of their players would actually do anything if they were put on a line with new kids. Look at their performances in National Camps as evidence of that. They've gone to such extremes to keep skating together that most of them play for St. Sebs, another team that can't score against good competition! All of their commits more goes to show the power of packaging and connected coaches in youth hockey than the kids' actual skill levels.
Thanksgiving morning, and you are spewing out this venom. Do society a favor and find a cave to live in. We'd all be thankful for that.

Re: Whalers U18s Nat

Anon
anon
Eagles did great.. didn\\\'t win a game. I guess thats the point of previous comments. The best kids, those with commits, should win games espentially against peers.
Eagles kids have played together since they were 5. You would think they could put the puck in the net by now. They skate in circles beautifully but can only ever score against bad teams. Don\'t think any of their players would actually do anything if they were put on a line with new kids. Look at their performances in National Camps as evidence of that. They\'ve gone to such extremes to keep skating together that most of them play for St. Sebs, another team that can\'t score against good competition! All of their commits more goes to show the power of packaging and connected coaches in youth hockey than the kids\' actual skill levels.
Dude, really? Obviously you have an agenda. Why don't you just change the name of this thread to "Let's s@*t All Over the Eagles" and be done with it. Sorry your kid got cut.