"The same holds true for 14/15 year olds playing in high school. It's pretty easy for any coach to predict which kids will have a chance to play at the college level and possibly beyond."
You know most high school coaches have absolutely no clue when comes to talent assessment, right? If they did they would be working in hockey jobs that required it as most h.s. coaches do the best with what they have. It was never more true than on my son's D-1 h.s. team. A coach with many years of experience and a couple state titles had a player a couple years ago and hardly gave him any ice time before his senior season. Big kid, great skater and after the state championship the local junior teams were all clamoring for the kid. Kid skates out in the midwest and had multiple offers to join USHL teams. High school coach never had any clue the kid was that good. My son said, 'yeah it was kind of a joke how they used him.' The kids know who can play...the kids know.
The funny thing about most of these d board threads are that most of you people on them have no clue what you are talking about. If you have enough **** time to waste writing about your 07 skill and potential and going to NHL YOU have a serious issue. I find it so fun reading these threads from losers like all you and laughing at the pure idiocy people have. Your kid may be good now but guess what there is sketching called a burn out or a kid who was above all until everyone caught up. No one knows what will happen so grow up you are adults and stop wasting your time on the youth hockey d board lol. It's actually hilarious go to work and spend time with your developing hockey player instead hahah just cause u weren't in NHL and that was your dream doesn't mean you have to live it out in your kids let that be yours kids choice it will come if it's meant to be but chill and stop forcing stuff on youngsters.
someone could not sleep last night worrying about their kids hockey.
To all you anxious hockey parents out there hoping and praying that your boy will hold up as the super stud beyond squirts, I offer you these words of advice: set your expectations realistically, it will make the youth hockey experience much more enjoyable for both you and your son. Take an honest look back at your own athletic career and that of your wife (or kid's biological mom). Don't expect your boy to outperform his parents by all that much. If you had a hard time standing out in HS, any sport (or couldn't make the team), don't expect to have a college hockey player on your hands.
Many have been fooled because their kid learned to skate earlier than the other kids and had an advantage in the early going. If you are that parent, encourage your son to keep working and improving their game, but be honest to yourself about the genetics that you handed him and adjust your expectations accordingly. At the end of the journey, all of the kids that reach the tip of the pyramid will have one thing in common...they are all great athletes. If you're being honest with yourself, you should know already whether your boy has the ability to reach that rarefied level.
D board admin should block that jacka$$ from posting 3 paragraph rants in multiple thread topics. STFU.
who the **** cares. work hard, play hard, have fun and dream.
Honestly I saw JW play as a sophomore and really I didn't see a whole lot. I'm sure surrounded by kids more at his level he would shine but I have to say I didn't get it.