Sunday, July 23, 2006

Mass Development Issues, Redoux

When the top '92 players gathered last week at Rochester, NY for the USA Select 14 festival, it represented further evidence of how far behind Massachusetts has fallen in developing talent. Charles Bando, who finished second in tourney scoring, was the only Massachusetts native to finish in the top 44 scoring. Of course, it would be wrong to read too much into the pure scoring statistics except that these results are consistent with the overall decline that we've seen among Massachusetts prospects.

So, where are the top scorers coming from? Well, Minnesota did not send its players to the Select 14 festival. Leaving aside Michigan and Illinois, which had their now usual strong showings, Pennsylvania had 6 players among the top 44 scorers, and California produced 3. Say, did the Penguins or LA Kings do something in the mid-90s to rejeuvinate the hockey community in the way Bobby Orr did to Massachusetts in the mid-70s? Texas also had 3 players (correlating to the arrival of the Dallas Stars). And, while we're at it, did Jeremy Jacobs do something to the Bruins in the mid-90s that correlates to the decline in interest among Massachusetts kids?

8 comments:

Chris said...

Minnesota doesn't send players to the Select 14 Festival, which is why they didn't have any of the top 44 scorers.

oldtimer said...

Defense, defense and more defense does not allow for creativity. Teams are coached not to lose, they should be taught to play and score goals. This is even happening in HEA.Greatest game in the world when played.

han1974 said...

To take oldtimer's point a step further, it goes beyond just coaching. I think officiating at many levels is to blame as well, where the refs let players get away too many obstruction penalties. If this trend continues, it will set college hockey back to the point where the talent level will be diluted, with more top young Americans opting for Major Juniors in favor of college hockey.

overspeed said...

Mass sends its best 14s to Sweden every year

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joseph burrell said...
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joseph burrell said...

I totally agree with the comment by Oldtimer, I think that the team is a little too much defensive and it does not allow creativity and actually I read a similar opinion on hostpph.com