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06-28-2012, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by HooliganX2 View Post
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.
Absolutely. Certainly you'll have some kids who were just born to play the game like Toews and Crosby but mostly you'll have kids who could go 50/50 in their professional careers and it's usually pretty easy to spot who the good kids are at a young age from their off-ice character. A guy like Backes, for example, had pro written all over him from a young age just because of how mature he was even back then during his junior days in Lincoln. And he's a guy who stayed three years in college and was an excellent student working towards a physics degree.

And on a similar topic it should be pointed out that another main reason that the CHL gets some of these American kids is strictly academics. Blackhawks draft pick Alex Broadhurst, probably the second best pure offensive player in the USHL last year and Schmaltz's teammate in Green Bay, is only going to London next year and not Nebraska-Omaha because he couldn't pass clearing house.

Unbelievably talented kid who will probably rip up the Q next year but will probably never make it based on the whispers about his work ethic and smarts.

Charlie Coyle is another one who left BU b/c of academics not because the QMJHL was going to help him develop into a better player compared to playing for Jack Parker in Hockey East. He even said as much at the time he left mid-season for Saint John.

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