Tuesday, September 04, 2007

More CHL Stuff

Los Angeles forwards Tyler Parker and Marcus McCrea both signed with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. Both are pretty big forwards with a lot of potential that play a "WHL-style" game. Parker was very impressive at this summer's Select 15 Festival, which Everett always scouts.

Still, it seems a bit strange to me that a kid would sign a contract and close the door on his other options when he won't even be playing in the WHL this year.

Michigan-born '91 forward Myles McCauley attended Plymouth Whalers camp, but left prior to Plymouth's exhibition games to maintain his college eligibility. He's received some college interest from schools in Michigan.

It sounded like Northeastern commit Andy Bathgate wasn't at Belleville Bulls camp, but he is listed on their roster. Belleville has an exhibition game tonight, so it should be interesting to see if Bathgate plays.

Elliot Olshansky dissects an interview ex-Cornellian Tony Romano gave to the London Free Press. To paraphrase what Romano said: Cornell focused on defense and systems. He's putting his entire future into making the NHL, which, by the way, focuses on defense and system play.

To go further, how many 6th round NHL draft picks are now top 6 forwards in the NHL? The list I came up with is pretty slim: Pavel Datsyuk, Mike York, Jussi Jokinen, and Trent Hunter. Needless to say, if Romano does make it at the NHL level, it's far more likely to be on a lower line, dumping and chasing and playing good defense. Needless to say, Romano's logic isn't holding up here.

Finally, in the comments, someone pointed out the list of 30 drafted college players that didn't sign NHL contracts as a negative for college hockey. My question is: Why? Does every CHL player that is a late round draft pick sign a big NHL contract? I doubt it. At least those collegiate players will go to an NHL camp as a free agent with the knowledge that if things don't work out, either now or a year or two down the line, they have a very nice four-year degree to fall back on. It's a lot nicer than having to choose between trying to make it in the AHL or going to CIS.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do you have to rip the CHL.

Not every Chl player is only a gas pumper and not every Ncaa player gets a 4 yr deg.

Anonymous said...

But, not that many CHL players fail to sign each year. As a CIS graduate, I take the last few lines of your comment as a slight, a very uneducated one at that. Please don't think that a CIS education is inferior to a NCAA education.

Anonymous said...

Chris,

Please tell me what the difference is between a 19 year old CHL player and a USHL one of similiar age???

Hmmmm lets see, the CHL player already has at least two years (more likely three years) of scholarship money set aside for his education. Is currently enrolled in college taking classes for FREE, is looking forward to attending an AHL or NHL rookie training camp where all costs are picked up and is deciding what CIS school he will play for if the pro option does not work out.

The USHL player has no education money set aside, is hoping and praying that a college coach calls with a better offer and has to pick up all costs if he decides to attend a pro rookie camp.

So tell me, who gets the better deal? Come on Chris I know you can do it!

See, its not hard to figure out why so many Americans are now choosing the CHL route.

Anonymous said...

"CIS education is inferior to a NCAA education"

Yet it is in so many cases..........

Anonymous said...

for x-mas 2007, all i want is for people to stop arguing about ncaa v. mj. everyone seems to be partial to the system, that in their opinion, is superior. obviously there would be no debate if both systems were not both quality options for young hockey players. both avenues have turned out great players, both have pros and cons (literally), and both will continue to appeal to kids. there is no "one way to make it", and various kids will thrive in different environments. why must we keep putting down two obviously effective means of player development? let the kids play, i'll enjoy watching and following the careers of young athletes whether they play for the sarnia sting, merrimack warriors, penticton panthers, or omaha lancers. get over it, kids have decisions to make, let them choose what is in their best interest - even if you, the internet fan, does not agree.

Anonymous said...

Ripping the CHL?
It is the CHL fans that come onto a College blog and make snide remarks about college hockey. Most comments are generally in response to those.
Does Chris ever outright slam the CHL or just make observatory comments?
Most of the comments made by the pro-chl gang are insults to the actual people of the CHL.

green hornet said...

CHL=Pro Hockey Player

NCAA=Not A Pro Hockey Player

enough said.

Anonymous said...

what an idiot! To say that.
Have fun on your fishing boat!

Anonymous said...

Guess green hornet has never heard of Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Brian Rolston, Brian Gionta...etc...

Anonymous said...

Dany Heatley!!!

Anonymous said...

I would like to comment on the choice to sign at an early age. My son just signed with Medicine Hat, 5 year education package and an injury clause to cover him in the event he is injured and can't play he will have collage to look to.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero.
Would you like a hug?
Now that your sacred son has signed with Medicine Hat, maybe the rest of the world should bow at your feet. The rest of us are mere mortals.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Bathgate played last night?

Chris said...

I don't think he did, but it's an absence of evidence, not evidence of absence.

Ryan said...

Bathgate doesn't appear on Belleville's exhibition roster anymore.