It is great to supplement your NL/tournament schedule(at least at the AA level), but it still has a far way to go to be something to replace playing in the DVHL, NJYHL, etc. The EJ offers no path to Districts or Nationals. There are too many teams that are spread out from Maine to Florida. Maybe if they add more teams over time they could have regional divisions similar to USPHL. They don't do any better than the other leagues as far as placing teams in correct divisions. DE Ducks and Palmyra 16AA teams both playing in Futures division. At least with my son, while he likes going to tournaments and playing different teams, he loves knowing he'll be playing Delco, VFC, Haverford, etc twice year in the regular season.
Just my $.02.