Having an older son who has gone through the process and played, it is most definitely fixed for about 80% of the roster. The other 8 to 10 spots are awarded on merit or position availability. Initially it was helpful for the towns with less depth to have some representation in the showcase, but now it's become as corrupt as a Russian election. There is no doubt that there are a lot of talented kids who will make the team, but there is no question that the coaches are playing with a stacked deck.