Check out what I wrote about some of the incoming players in the 2001 birth year in the NTDP Off Season thread. See if there is anything different you like about their games. The point about the political aspect has validity to it, but there's politics in everything. Some of those players though with NHL ties are pretty darn good, others haven't panned out as such. But there will always be people pissed for not making that team when you have such a deeper talent pool to choose from now. I still have a lot of respect for the program though.