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10-15-2011, 02:48 PM
What's the Pred say?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Originally Posted by
Errrrr, you do know what the "tiers" of USA hockey mean right? That it's entirely financial...right?
You say that like it doesn't make all the difference. Take a look at the draft numbers from 2006-2011:
EJHL: 4 NHL draft picks, 1 first rounder
MA and CT prep schools: 31 NHL draft picks, 2 first rounders
USHL: 102 NHL draft picks, 15 first rounders
The last six drafts haven't just been a total fluke. The USHL is able to attract better players because it covers all its players' expenses. It markets itself better, plays in better arenas, and is able to hire more and better scouts and coaches, which means it excels at identifying and developing better talents. That's pretty much the definition of a superior league.
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