2011-2012 Blues Prospects Thread
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06-28-2012, 04:24 PM
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Whatever. That's what the CHL wolves do. They promise these kids the world with some nice financial compensation with the sales pitch being that coming north improves their draft stock. But if they struggle adapting, too bad for the kid who just gave up a scholarship at one of the finest collegiate hockey universities.
Blame goes both ways but I tend to decide with the 15 and 16-year old kids being manipulated.
The tide is slowly turning as the USHL continues to gain more traction.
They said Nick Ebert made a good move leaving Waterloo two years ago to come to the OHL which would make him a guaranteed first rounder. How'd that work out?
They said Schmaltz should've left the USHL to go to Windsor for his draft year. Turned out just fine him as he was a first rounder.
They said Matheson should've went to the Q instead of going to the USHL out of Quebec Midget. Was a first rounder.
This was a very good year for the USHL in erasing that perception that the CHL is the end-all-be-all for draft eligible players.
The USHL's issue is marketing and exposure, not talent. CHL is certainly more exposed and that's the only real advantage that it has in the battle of CHL vs. USHL/NCAA.
But at the end of the day, like always, the scouts will find the talent.
USHL has the advantage of kids being able to go to the NCAA. Getting a college education is not a bad option at all for a player. The NHL is a tough league and if you don't make it at least you will have an education. Even if they only play 2-3 years in the NCAA at least they will be half way to a college degree.
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