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Depending on the age of your player, it may also be worth noting that a decent percentage of the players on a preps Varsity roster are repeats, my experience typically repeat Juniors. So if your son doesn't catch the eye of the coach in 8th grade, tell him to keep working on his development and just as importantly, work hard on his academics as there can still be path's to prep during his high school years. If he is both a good student and a good player, he will many more options.
I can only speak for our roster, so it’s anecdotal. But my kid is one of the Prep players. And I have no problem admitting that some of the CC and MIAA players are either better now, or forecast as better prospects (height/strength/speed). Don’t get me wrong, my kid is pretty. good, but some of these CC/MIAA players on our club team simply don’t want to play Prep. We have 4 kids playing at top CC hockey schools and 2 kids playing at top Super 8 MIAA public schools. They and their families simply chose a different route.