Not enough D1 schools to take all D1 prospects? I am not sure I agree that ACHA schools can compete with top 1/3 of D3 schools. Article sort of explains why the quality of D3 hockey has improved so much over the last few years.
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Last edited by PuckVoice; 04-20-2019 at 03:13 PM.
Arizona State played a two game series with Eau Claire during their first varsity season. Arizona Stateís roster that season was comprised of basically the top half of their returning roster from their ACHA D1 National championship team and NCAA D1 scholarship freshman recruits. That series ended with two ties and, I believe, Eau Claire winning shootouts both nights. Eau Claire did not qualify for the D3 NCAA tournament that season.
ACHA teams recruit HS players and kids from the NA3HL. it is rare for a player with real, multi-season NAHL, USHL, AJHL, or BCHL experience to end up on an ACHA roster.
Last edited by altazo; 04-21-2019 at 10:39 PM.
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As someone who watches a lot of hockey on both levels, it's been evident to me for several years now that the talent-gulf has narrowed considerably between D-1 and D-3... As the article mentioned, there are just more good young players out there now than ever before.
I don't necessarily think that D-1 needs to expand, but I do think that the NHL ought to pay more attention to top-tier D-3 players. I've certainly seen a number of D-3 guys recently who were easily more talented than many D-1 draftees, but still seem to end-up in the ECHL or someplace similar.
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