The North American Hockey League continues to prove to the hockey world that they are serious about being a key component on the ladder of development. 60+ players from the NAHL were selected in the United States Hockey League’s Draft.
The USHL Draft is an excellent measuring stick to determine which leagues are serious about the development of young prospects.
While leagues that operate outside of USA Hockey continue to try and restrict player movement to higher levels, the NAHL has stayed the course with proven elevation of prospects from the North American Prospects Hockey League to and through to the NAHL and beyond.
That upward movement is expected to be further proven when the NAHL Draft take place on June 5th where a record number of North American 3 Hockey League players should be taken.
"I'm proud that the NAHL continues to prove that we are the league of opportunity," Janesville Jets' owner Bill McCoshen said on Friday. "The number of NCAA D1 commitments from the NAHL has set a new record for five straight years and considerably more of our players get selected by USHL teams than any other league."
The number of USA Hockey sanctioned junior leagues continue to decline while more and more teams move to leagues operating outside the protective shield that USA Hockey provides. That’s a dangerous choice for players that are serious about climbing from the pay-to-play level to Tier I and II leagues in the United States and Canada.
Players that hoped to move up to Canadian Junior “A” leagues from the USPHL’s NCDC last season where blocked by Hockey Canada. Those restrictions are expected to be even more wide-spread as USA Hockey and other international federations are considering similar moves.
Other restrictions of movement are often found within the player agreement from unsanctioned teams in the form of exit fees up to $10,000. That’s an insane cost for an elevation in level of play.
Meanwhile, the NAHL has paved the path for easier in-season transitions to and from the USHL. At the same time, players from the NA3HL have seen significant in-season opportunities within the NAHL.
These free and easy transitions further prove that the NAHL brand is absolutely committed to USA Hockey’s ladder of development. The NAHL is simply the best choice for up and coming American prospects.
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