I will take the low road for one moment though and say to you maybe try being honest? Its OK to say, "I only care about this because it would help my sh**y program win games".
The reason that the supporters of the elite programs don't like the 21 year old freshman is because it evens the playing field. It creates more parity in the leagues thereby leading to more competitive games and more enjoyment for the fans. The smaller programs have a reasonable opportunity to win because they have adapted WITHIN the rules and focused on playing to their strengths. They can offer older players who may have developed a bit later than the stars, a quality education and a chance to play the game they love. Isn't that what college sports are about? The parity is a positive thing. Maybe the elite programs need to recruit better so that they sign hockey players who have no interest in their education and are only using college as a development ground to go pro. At the first sniff of a chance to play pro, they leave because they were not there for the education in the first place. In my humble opinion, those elite players who are only using college hockey to further their HOCKEY careers with no interest in education, should stay in Junior hockey. I liek the parity that the current situation creates. It makes the hockey more fun for more people. my two pennies
The big programs don't want their talent to play another year of junior hockey and get stronger / older because it is another year for "advisers" to get in their ear and convince them to skip NCAA hockey completely and play major junior or turn pro.
Congrats to BU on getting the first '05 commit. Only a few days left to get these worthless verbal commits in!
Thereís far more reasons not related to hockey why the current rules benefit college hockey overall. IIRC hockey has the highest graduation rate amongst NCAA sports or at least amongst the top. A lot of 18-19 year old males are not mature enough for it and the education they get to remain eligible is a joke. High talent guys straight out of HS only using NCAA as a stepping stone to pros are a waste of a scholarship. We should try to make college hockey more like football and basketball where college is just a joke and technicality?
And Iím sick of people throwing around the age 25 as if itís some loophole teams use to cheat the system. These are guys who had to be redshirted, or had to sit out a year from transferring (after a full stint in the juniors). Hardly anything that is in the usual nor are they ever some top prospect
168 posts, and no one's mind has been changed about it. Let it go.
9 '04's commit this past week.
Couple '05's in there as well...
They should have implemented the restrictions immediately once it passed instead of waiting until May 1st.
It's still a major win for all of us fans despite the crap being rushed in right now. After this when we get a commitment it is much more meaningful. They could still flip or bail but at least they'll be 11th graders.
For those that like records, I believe Anthony Cipollone is still the youngest commitment ever. 13 years 2 months to Vermont. And he's still committed there!
Top 4 based on my records:
Cipollone - Vermont - 1/2015 - 13 years 2 months (still committed)
Levis - Michigan - 2/2018 - 13 years 4 months 18 days (still committed)
Lucius - Minnesota - 8/2017 - 13 years 4 months 27 days (still committed)
Not sure if anyone between here and...
Wahlstrom - Maine - 1/2014 - 13 years 6 months (lol not so committed anywhere)
Here's the full thread of what I found: https://twitter.com/NUHockeyBlog/sta...04737356701696