This is a ridiculous argument that has carried over from the Prospects Board as well. Not singling you out or anything, but general league comparisons are completely insubstantial when you're dealing with the development of a specific prospect. I'm sure some players will develop better under a NCAA system whereas some might benefit more from the WHL-style of hockey.
It's probably more prudent to actually discuss, which league would better suite Schroeder's development rather then debate which league is actually 'better'.
He doesn't play a speed game, and you're correct about that. However, a larger rink's effects is not as simple as just being a factor on speed-oriented plays. It's more about time and space.
With Schroeder, he plays a thinking, passing game - and that is going to be challenged when he hits the ice in a league with less space and time to work with, along with closer and rougher checking. In a bigger rink, he has that extra bit of room and time to work with, and that is the advantage that he gains from working with international size ice, and it's a huge difference.
Then again, he can be Paul Stastny - straight from the NCAA to AHL. However, he doesn't have the puck protection abilities of Stastny, so he'll either need to develop that part of his game, or...
NCAA would benefit Schroeder because Schroeder plays with tougher opponents than the NCAA with men rather than boys in the WHL. Without Stoa, Schroeder is going to have work twice as hard to dominate the NCAA. Stoa played a factor in his season and creating space.
While this is true to an extent, the WHL has more NHL prospects, so the competition is pretty similar.
The thing is that if he signs his ELC, the organization has so many more options for him. It's not a slight against the NCAA or the Gophers so much as it's a less dynamic development path to keep him in the NCAA this year.
If he signs a deal here, he can come to rookie camp for a long look, then the main camp, then experience an NHL pre-season, then subsequently play 9 NHL games. If he doesn't impress then he ends up in the WHL which although might not have as many 23 year olds, will be on a smaller rink with more games -and that's the WORST case.
If he plays well in camp and pre-season, he could end up being a big force in the AHL and even getting call-ups ahead of somebody like Grabner. The point is that the organization can decide this fall where he fits and what's best for him after spending more time with him closely.
There's nothing wrong with the NCAA, it's just that there is a decent chance it's not the best route for him this fall. After all he's only 6 months younger than Hodgson, the AHL is not a bad option for him right now.
At one point this summer, the Silvertips were given "a lot of indication" from Schroeder's agent that he would sign with the Vancouver Canucks, and therefore join the 'Tips organization.
- When asked if there's still a possibility that Schroeder will start the season with Everett, Soetaert responded: "no, not right now." However, he didn't rule out something getting done perhaps during the season.
There's ways around that. Likely Schroeder's agent is officially his "advisor"
I hope that they don't write him off completely and are set on sending him to Everett though. I'd like to see him get a fair shot to make the big club this year, and if he does impress, give him a 9 game trial. Would be nice to see him shift to Hodgson's wing.
Doesn't surprise me a bit. The whole "Schroeder to Everett" rumour made no sense. The only way I could've seen it all making sense is if he signed pro to get camp, maybe earn his 9-game trial and then play for Arniel in Manitoba.