Future Considerations

FC has successful first round of NHL Entry Draft
June 25, 2010, 11:25 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

In a difficult draft to project, Future Considerations excelled.

Future Considerations correctly identified 24 of the 30 first round picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including projecting four players in their exact position, including Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Derek Forbort and Austin Watson.

The draft was especially difficult to project given the depth of the draft. The draft was widely identified as one with interchangeable players between the 20th and 40th selections.

It went decidedly beyond that.

Joey Hishon (17th overall to Colorado), Kevin Hayes (24th to Chicago) and Mark Visentin (27th to Phoenix) were all considered off the board picks.

While Hishon at 17 wasn’t completely out of the realm of possibility after being ranked 38th by Future Considerations, the picks of Hayes and Visentin were difficult to expect.

Hayes, the brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jimmy Hayes, was ranked 54th overall.

Perhaps Visentin was the biggest surprise of all, though. With Calvin Pickard still on the board, the Coyotes surprised all by taking the Niagara IceDogs netminder. Pickard was considered the best goaltender available after Jack Campbell, who was taken 11th overall by the Dallas Stars.

Pickard, Jon Merrill, John McFarland, Tyler Toffoli, Troy Rutkowski and Stanislav Galiev fell out of the first round on Future Considerations’ ranking.

Amped up for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft? We are! Be sure to follow Future Considerations for the latest on the draft and pick up your copy of Future Considerations’ 2010 NHL Entry Draft Guide available now! And for all the draft tweeting you can handle follow managing editor Aaron Vickers on Twitter!

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