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Here is the current roster at BC, BU, Umass Click on the name and read the Personal Info, you can form your own opinion if these guys just "made it themselves" or if Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Uncle, had some influence.
People aren't saying its rigged, they are saying that since scouting is a crapshoot, and requires a lot of time and effort to scout a player properly, when all other things seem equal, they will choose the player with the family bloodline speculating that they have been around the game more, were taught properly by their dad, and also have the genes to play at high level. Some argue that its a lazier approach for the scout to assume that, and that the scouts are taking shortcuts. Who knows.
Its a shame, some really good hockey players from New England just wont get an opportunity. Play Prep or high level Midget, go to Jrs for a year or 2, then age out or go D3 as a 21 year old Freshman is the path for many of us poor souls.
So 5 years ago BC had a bunch of legacy players so that means my kid can't make it? Where's the numbers for the "all of college hockey is rigged" conclusion? What are your numbers in the aggregate for BC/BU/Umass/PC/NE/Harvard today? Still think your kid can't make it cause of his name or is it just the reality that it might be hard, merit based and he is probably just not going to be good enough.
Sorry your kid won't make it.
Kids are often more resilient than their parents.
Why cause the kids are good and yours will never be able to play at that level?
This is a great thread. Its an argument since I played college in the 90s. My son is on the older side, still at Prep and has not talked with 1 College team for 1 reason and that's because he is not ready. The jam in college hockey recruiting is the best thing that could happen for my kid, gives him another year of Prep to play and grow. I see no problem with a kid going to college at 21 or now 22 due to this crazy year. Why talk to a school when your are not ready, makes no sense, and I feel the verbal stuff hurts the kid, other schools lose interest, an 18 year old may be a bit different at 21/22, why commit to a place when you wont be there for a few years when you have 60 other options. Play, grow, process.
It is fixed and you have to be lucky at the same time. Many D1 players aren’t that skilled. Big, fast and work hard. Most teams have 1 skill line and 3 meathead lines. Raise a meathead. If your kid isn’t big, lower your expectations. Unless the kid is a ringer. They always get looks. Scouts don’t work hard. That’s a fact. They rely on coaches and ex players for tips.
My son has another year of prep left and after watching the college hockey tournament with 23/24 year old men playing most of the game in good with him hopefully committing at 19/20 and going into College at 21/22. Trust the process!
The “if you are good they will find you” and the “lineage” arguments are so overrated it is not even funny. The odds are against you, and you have to work relentlessly to be seen and be in the recruiting coaches mind. If you are good enough to play D1 they might or might not find you. If you are head and shoulders above your peers they will. If you have an NHL name it helps, everyone else fir every roster spot there are probably just 100 kids that are as good as you are.
My son has began emailing coaches, he's had 50 schools respond. So does he have shot or are they just polite?
So basically every school in the country has responded? or are you talking D3 as well?
Many will respond, especially now with recruiting blackouts but you never know what the outcomes might be. It's like applying for jobs. You throw the net wide. You might be qualified to work at every company but not all have openings/needs.
Same for colleges. They are competing for the elite player but the player can only go to one school, so the others move to the next guy on their list.
Some schools have specific needs. Maybe they need a depth and PK guy and your kid fits that need. You never know. You keep playing, improving and you never know when your at the right place at the right time with a shool that has a need.
I will say i agree with that post about the need to be extremely patient. The transfer portal will create chaos and that's where teams are focusing for next year.