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10-31-2010, 08:44 AM
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biturbo19 is right unfortunately.
Yes, the kid has to have talent & drive, but at a young age (up to Pewee) it depends on how much money the parents 'invest' in their kids hockey though extra skill & skating development.
The draft year for major Jr is the minor midget year (15 year olds). The scouts start looking at the kids in Major Bantam. That's when it starts to become serious.
Be aware of a lot of cash grabbing going on in hockey at the younger ages, especially during the summer months when it's all a free for all.
My advice is, let your kid play as long as he wants, suggest skating & skills development and see what he says. It can get to a point where it becomes too much and he'll just say 'I'm doing enough'. Also try to have him play at the right level. If the only AAA team that is interested in him is the worst team in the league, maybe take him to AA where he'll get ice time, has fun and develop.
The way I see it, if he makes pro it'll have to come from him when he's @ 14 or so.
Which is why that is when the scouting starts.

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