1st of all no I'm not a senior that was cut, I am a fan of the game , and in fact was on the board of directors for a large youth hockey organization. And helped recruit for ACHA teams as well as junior teams.
This is not politics, as you put it, college is a 4 year commitment and IMHO that should extent to the athletics programs, as teammates move on new recruits should be added based on spots avalible.
"Furthermore , if I'm a freshman and took the spot of a senior, I would barely give it a thought...why would I think about that"
A statement like that would make me want to be your team mate !
it's all about me!
I guess that there are coaches who truly develop talent , but its by far more convenient today for coaches to simply recruit until the talent level is high enough to compete.
Great that we can both provide our own takes on this issue.
See you in the beer leagues in a few years !