Monday, April 20, 2009

What do the results from the U18 Tournament say about the NTDP?

I just wanted to point out the success of the United States at the IIHF U18 World Championships. Is the NTDP working? Personally I think it is. What do the results from the recent U18 Championships say to you?

Canada complains that they don't send the best players because they are in the playoffs in their respective junior leagues. I'd argue that we aren't sending our best either. Sure, the NTDP players are talented, and they are all going to play at the next level, but how many kids turned down the NTDP that should have been playing for the red, white, and blue this past week? How would this USA squad have looked with Ben Hanowski, or healthy Zach Budish?