After evaluations your player can fall into one of the following categories:
1.) Lock Player
These players have the top evaluation numbers and are considered “Locks". There are different guidelines on the number of locks in a division (U9, U11, etc) draft. Locked players must be drafted in the tier they are evaluated in.
2.) Bubble Player
These are players who could either be a lower end player in an upper tier or a top end player in a lower tier. These players are subject to drafting after lock players are drafted.
Roster sizes are determined based on the number of players being evaluated. A predetermined formula provides the zone executive a designated number of players who make the team “Locks” and a designated number of “Bubble” players.
Although Bubble players are determined by evaluation results, if multiple scores fall within a narrow margin, the bubble number may be increased to reflect this circumstance.
U9 has no drafted positions like forwards, defense or goaltenders. As you get into divisions like U13, U15 or U18 there are positional locks and bubbles. In this draft example the U9 A team will be made up of 14 players, U9 B team made up of 14 players and the U9 C team will be made up of 14 players. The draft is of 42 players.
U9 A Draft
U9 B Draft
There are many reasons that a Bubble Player may or may not get picked during a draft. Below are a few to give you an idea that there is no set decision making for bubble kids.