There are several paths that U.S.-born hockey players can take on their way to the NHL.
The two most prominent paths are the NCAA and the Canadian Hockey League, which includes the Ontario Hockey League. Each path has advantages and disadvantages to these players. Craig Button, a well-known NHL insider, has been a scout for years and has a vast amount of knowledge on the subject of junior hockey.
“It’s an individual choice that each player must look at to determine what is best for him and his future,” said Button. “The OHL has more of an ‘NHL’ type schedule and format but the NCAA allows players the opportunity to mature physically with less emphasis on games.”