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Haaaaaaaaaaa. Exposure!!!! Listen to that guy. His kid is 9/10 years old. Nobody is watching!!! It does not matter. No coach gives a $hit if a player played Fed, E9, etc. Once he is out of youth hockey and away from lunatics like that guy it’s about who can play and who can’t. That’s it.
We are talking about a 10 yr old here. So much is going to change here about who is "elite" by the time they are 14-16-18. Just wait. Rarely is the top kid at 10 the top kid at 14 and so on. Forget about positions and game time (both loser statements from an over ambitious parent) and go after the coach and number of PRACTICE hours/times per week. The coach will keep him engaged and focusing on the right skills at the right time - which should be mostly skating at that age. The practice time is WAY more valuable than all the "elite and platinum" games. That is where development happens most.
He will need to make the jump at a certain point if he wants to climb the hockey ladder. And it is unlikely that he will play on the top line of a good elite team right away if you keep him on a platinum team. Have him play on a team where he will be pushed to get better. You have to follow the process but not rush it.