Good advice all around, thanks. I appreciate the perspectives and just wanted to help him get better. If he gets disinterested in hockey, that is fine by me. But, he seems to really like it and I know he is down about not playing with friends who are now delineated as better than him. Thanks again.
Just be thankful he's an 09 instead of an 08. The 08s are stacked, and he'd never catch up!
Forget the stickwork. If you're paying for ice, I would suggest you have him working on skating. He can improve his stickwork for free in the driveway.
Happened to my kid a few years back, turned it into a positive.
My son has always been a defenseman, he told coach he was a forward, played 2/3 of the year as a forward and learned the role.
Last 1/3 of the year he went back to defenseman and they finished up in a good way.
He was the go to guy for his coach and I believe it helped him alot.