Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reddin Leaves NTDP

NTDP U18 forward Colin Reddin has left the national development program and will be playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

Reddin's situation is not that unlike Garry Nunn, who was chronicled in detail on this blog. Reddin signed a contract and attended a training camp with the Portland Winterhawks in 2005. As he got older, he became interested in pursuing the NCAA-route, but had eligibility problems due to his relationship with the WHL. He appealed to the NCAA, and while I never heard a final verdict, but I'm guessing by his leaving for Portland, and by the NCAA's past record in these situations, the news wasn't great.

It's always a shame to see a player lose out on an opportunity at college hockey for something that happened at such a young age. Hopefully things work out for Reddin in the WHL.

25 comments:

Deejer said...

Moral of the story: Look before you leap.

Anonymous said...

How about the kids who colleges get to commit early and then don't get what colleges promised and these kids are then forced to sit out a year to go to another college. Many of these end up in Canadian league too. Williams at Wisc comes to mind. NCAA rules punishes student athlete in many situations. Coaches want rule change not allowing players to go pro until later then they need to make sure they are developing players

Anonymous said...

Hayes leaving BC is another case of players being recruited and then not played and leaving for Canadian league instead of going to USHL and sitting out a year. NCAA punishes student/athlete in these cases.

Anonymous said...

Where is it written that it's a coaches job to develop players for the NHL?
It's a coaches job to win games. My problem is now we get too many prima donna athletes who think they matter over the team and if they don't get their way, they pack up and leave. Well don't let the door hit you on the ass.
These kids never have to deal with adversity so when it does come, they run.

Anonymous said...

NCAA told Reddin that he had to enroll at the college that he was going to play for and then sit out a year to regain his eligibility. He did not have the option of going to USHL for a year and then on to a D-1 program.He was being forced to not play hockey for a year.

Anonymous said...

The kids now days don't give a crap about schooling, because the slime ball advisors tell them they have pro potentail and other options instead of school. Kids check out, and then realize they can't pass clearinghouse, can't be on the PP play and PK, and go running for the next best deal. good riddance to cancers and egos that get in the way of stardom.

Anonymous said...

sound pretty angry at 18-25 year olds who basically have made hockey their full time job and are working on an education at the same time. A little more information on these student athletes might give you a better understanding of how these coaches with egos and salaries are using some of these kids. The egos and running for the next best thing may start with the coaches at these colleges who are always looking for that next recruit. The are to blame too. The NCAA protects these coaches by not allowing players who they may decide doen't fit their system etc. These kids are being sold things and coaches need to be held responsible not just the student who wants the education and the hockey experience. NCAA does not allow for transfer without sitting a year, what price does the coach who decides he can get a better player and sits the kid who is working and wants the education pay? Coaches at the college level are not without egos or blame in many of these situations.

Anonymous said...

O'DELL SIGNS WITH WOLVES; GRADS SEND ANOTHER FUTURE STAR TO NEXT LEVEL
A day after his rights were traded to the Sudbury Wolves from the Oshawa Generals, GM/Coach Mike Foligno made an offer that Eric O'Dell could not refuse. O'Dell was slated to attend St. Cloud State University in the WCHA Division I NCAA in 2009, but with the offer from the Wolves, he was able to secure a full, four year eduction package instead of the usual year to year package usually offered later round picks such as O'Dell (10th round 2006).

By continuing to develop his skills to the point where he was an elite Junior A player at just 17, O'Dell had the best of both worlds available to him and chose the OHL. Many players feel the need to jump at the first offer, not necessarily the best one. As long as players are developing, they are on the right track. As long as you have choices, you will get to where you want to go!

This is another example of the importance of players and parents being patient in their decisions on route choice, as well as the right to choose where your son plays and develops. There are issues that may take these choices away and parents need to be vigilant in their support of freedomt o choose when it comes to their hockey paths.

Anonymous said...

Williams was promised a full ride education as long as he's playing hockey there, nothing more. It was his ego that made him leave. He wasn't even good enough to make the Badger lineup so instead of working harder, he bolts.

Anonymous said...

Williams was a second round draft pick, not good enough to play at Wisc? They must be unbelievable, what's there ranking in the WCHA and overall? Believe what you want but coaches may not always do what they say they are going to do and may not give some very promising players playing time. When a kid bolts there usually is a reason beyond not being good enough to make the line-up at a college.

Anonymous said...

"Williams was a second round draft pick, not good enough to play at Wisc?"

See, that's the attitude the previous poster speaks of right there. I don't care how high or low you are drafted. You are drafted based on potential. You haven't proven anything yet. You don't go to your new college or major junior team and assume you will be handed a job just because an NHL team picked you. You still have to work hard and prove to your coaches and teammates why you should be playing. If Williams was half assing it and not putting forth any effort at Wisconsin, then I don't blame the coach for not playing him. The only effort I ever saw out of Williams at Wisconsin was him running his mouth whining to the media every week about not playing. Don't like it, then do something about it...like, I don't know...work ethic?

Aaron Palushaj is a freshman at Michigan who was a high second round pick of St. Louis. He started the year on the second line then was dropped to the fourth line for a week or two. Did you hear him whining and crying about a lack of ice time? No. He did something about it. He worked hard and now he's Michigan's third leading scorer.

Anonymous said...

Williams never whined in the press and left very quietly. Don't know what you read or where you read it.

Anonymous said...

Did Reddin or Hayes whine in press. No these kids have options and took them and then others whine in press about losing top players to Canadian leagues.

bob said...

funny i heard that the ntdp wont give reddin a release!

Anonymous said...

sticks & stones can break his bones but names will never hurt him. put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Anonymous said...

according to reports Reddin was suppose to play last night for Portland but wasn't in the lineup. Would not surprise me that USA Hockey would not give him a release. They had sent him down to the U-17 team and most likely would not have brought him up again (the two 17's who got brought up to the 18 both scored against Ohio State last night). Typical, they were not going to play him on the 18 team for the rest of the season but won't let him go the the WHL where they wanted him and would have played him. That's USAhockey for you. If its between them and the good of the player, the player always loses...

Anonymous said...

Yes, a real team guy!! good riddance to cancer! He has or his parents have made his bed!

scout said...

was top six in scoring w/18 under im bewilderd

Norman King said...

you must have cancer of the mouth you like that word so much.go get checked out. you wouldn't know a hockey player even if you were in bed with one.

ROD STALLINGS said...

YAH CALLING DOWN 17 YEAR OLD ELITE ATHLETES PRETTY CRAPPY.TAKE ALOOK IN THE MIRROR.

det said...

usa hockey is definately not about developing their players. more so for the coaches to look good. any player who has the heart and desire to play college or anywhere should be given the chance.good luck reddin, many who dont know you believe in you.

Anonymous said...

and how can it be about the coaches? they don't control the off-ice stuff, like school or curfew. sounds like sour grapes for no release to a situation that seems above the rules. that has nothing to do with coaches who make decisions based on pride, rules, and a top notch program that gives kids every oppurtunity to excel in the hockey world.
Look before you leap!

scout said...

Off ice stuff!? What are you smoking? Reddin was a honor student who graduated a full year early and one of the youngest of the 18's.Sure is funny NTDP still trying to persuade him back!

Anonymous said...

its all about the coaches and program. Its not just reddin, at least 5 players have ask for releases from the 18&17 team in the last month and have been denied. When that many players want to leave the program, you have to look deeper.

Anonymous said...

Obviously most people in the US know very little about the WHL and the Canadian Hockey Leagie. Every year you play in the WHL you receive one full year of fully paid tution and books at the University you designate. So you are in control versus the NCAA. If you finish your WHL career at 20 you will have 3-5 years of University paid for. Most kids dont start NCAA hockey until they are 20 in any event. In the meantime you play 72 versus 30 games in the best development league in the world and if you are good a much better chance of playing pro at some level if that is what the player wants.