Its funny you mention the New Jersey Hitmen are the best team in their arena - I agree with you - Don Kirnan doesn't think so. This is what he said during the last game of the Maine event, the FHL's 5 game showcase in Lewiston.
“This New Jersey (Outlaws) team play out of the same rink as the New Jersey Hitmen of the (EJHL), there’s a 25-goal difference between the (Outlaws) and the (EJHL) team. The Hitmen people themselves know it because they play out of the same rink.”
The Hitmen aren't the best team in the building. Do they serve the greatest purpose in the building? Of course. Would I rather watch the Hitmen play real hockey than the Outlaws play their gongshow brand of hockey? Yes. But take a look at the Outlaws roster. A lot of those guys were stars at the Junior "A" level. Some had a great deal of success at the ECHL and CHL levels but can't seem to let go of the dream after being pushed out of those leagues. A healthy amount of those guys were solid Junior "A" players and some have D1 experience. The Outlaws would likely win with ease. 25 goals? Not so sure about that, but they are the best team in the building right now.
Stephen, I agree the SPHL is much more advanced than the FHL. I was just suggesting that the NAHL has sent more prospects to the NHL then the FHL. The SPHL as far as i know is right there below the ECHL. Plenty of those guys get called up as well at one time or another