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01-05-2011, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by BLKHKhockey View Post
Highest skill from top to bottom:

NCAA D1
NCAA D3
ACHA D1
ACHA D2
ACHA D3

I play ACHA D2 as a freshman and our team mostly consists of ex AAA players with a few high school stars and AAers. ACHA D3 (lowest level) would probably compare to higher level high school teams.

Also, a kid who played ACHA D2 recently got drafted into the AHL. Of course, this particular case is very rare.


On topic, most of player's talent is muscle memory. Your stride, shot, and stickhandling suffer because you haven't done them in a while. Also, if you become stronger without practicing your skills, your coordination will be thrown off.
Yeah, some of the top 4-5 ACHA D1 teams would beat bottom feeding NCAA D3 teams on a fairly consistent basis and may be able to compete with some mid level D3 teams. They aren't comparable to NCAA D1 schools at all.

Also, that kid was from FGCU and didn't get drafted. He signed a PTO and went to the AHL camp but was ultimately assigned to Louisiana in the SPHL, where he is doing fairly well. It's a nice story, even considering how bad the SP is.

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