This will especially be true this year with soon to be BU freshman Clayton Keller who is also drafted by the Winsdor Spitfires who are the host of the Memorial Cup next season. Their GM/snake oil salesman has said that Keller is the team's " top priority. He is the team's best player". To translate this from CHL it means he is going to throw the kitchen sink and probably some under the table cash at Keller to try to get him to go north. Things seem bound to really heat up once Keller and classmates Kieffer Bellows and Dante Fabbro are drafted next month as
The same can be said for Bellows who has idiotic Portland fans writing open letters to him to be more like his dad. Kieffer Bellows isn't his dad. He is going to end up a very good NHL player like his dad regardless of which way he goes. He doesn't have to make the same exact decisions as him. This is like saying that you should work at McDonalds because your parents did and they turned out to be the CEO later in their career even if you have the chance to join a company as a VP right out of school. The WHL does not represent more of a challenge for Bellows. He will be challenged and allowed to develop more physically in NCAA with less games and more time working out. The dumb fan makes the point that Bellows dad did win a Memorial Cup which is cool but is it really more impressive or fulfilling than a NCAA championship to an American? I get the Memorial Cup is a big deal in Canada but it might as well be a cereal bowl south of the border. Bellows and Keller, who were linemates with the U-18's this year definitely will be given top 6 minutes at BU next year and play in every situation similar to Jack Eichel(may have heard of him) did his only year on Comm Ave. Eichel just played in 81 of his team's 82 games scoring 56 points in his rookie year as a 19 year old.
Fabbro has less CHL hype around him as he has come out and spoken pretty highly of the NCAA route. There is always a chance he could change his mind as well but he has a chance to be a part of the most talented defensive corps of all time in college hockey(Two first round, a second, two third round picks, and two highly rated upperclassmen). He will also have a tough time finding a coach who can develop defensemen better than David Quinn. Kevin Shattenkirk, David Warsofsky, Matt Grzelcyk can speak for that as can Charlie McAvoy's development this past season.
The point of this post isn't to say college hockey is always the best option for every prospect. School isn't for everyone especially if you are committed to a shitty one like BC. However, if you have any inclination to extend your education past your high school diploma and want to play in the NHL, BU should be your top choice. The program has historically put guys into the NHL and much better players than when they arrived on campus. This is totally ignoring the education that you also gain at BU which is lightyears ahead of the garbage scholarship program the CHL pretends to offer. There are certain NCAA recruits who will go CHL this summer and I don't think all of them are making the wrong decision. Some are just better fit for the CHL *cough Joe Woll cough* I just don't see how you could have BU as an option and not go there and put yourself in the best possible position for the future. It's not me being biased, it's just a fact.
CJ was correct in the parts that he said good things about NCAA and bad things about Windsor.