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08-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Fleury14 View Post
For a Canadian kid, it's a really big jump. The large majority of Canadian kids will play in a Junior A league (BCHL, AJHL, OJHL, etc.) of 17-20 year olds prior to going to the NCAA.

Canadian high school hockey hardly even exists due to these leagues + the more popular CHL leagues (WHL, QMJHL, OHL).
I was just saying that even though the CHL and Jr. A are very popular for that age level, I'd guess Canadian HS is at least somewhat comparable to US HS talent-wise--and US HS is where a number of NCAA players are coming from. Just trying to say it's not an unprecedented jump, especially for a skilled guy. One could also say a jump is warranted given his sudden jump in physical development (being undersized severely limited his options to play CHL or Jr. A). Why spend a year in the USHL to work on skills he's probably had for a while?

Also, I don't know much about Jr. A leagues, but I'm pretty sure they aren't quite on par with USHL...correct me if I'm wrong.

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