Clark17---Agree with you.
But to extend yourself out----somtimes in the only way to get seen. IE: Blair(NAHL), Kusler(NAHL--but was dropped later in season--sitting home watching his old teammates play HS hockey)--
I totally agree IF you are good enough, you will be found.
But I also believe that IF you do not get out there(away from the Western side or even--eastern side)--you will have a harder time % wise of achieving your dream. Partly with the ND behind your hometown.
If it is a MN behind that town name, you will have a better Opp. That is imho....
Can't hold kids back from dreams. because that would be telling them they are not good enough.
Nobody believes for a minute that Irman, and the Pultouny brothers would have gotten where they are--without leaving. Or at least I do not ever hear that. They had to leave the State to get their opps.
That is just seeing it for what it is.
"You can tell a man is clever by his answers. You can tell a man is wise by his questions." Naguib Mahfouz (1911- ) Egyptian novelist, Nobel Prize Laureate