Future Considerations

McFarland, Merrill shut out of first round of NHL draft
June 25, 2010, 11:58 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

While the draft saw the excited expressions of 30 17 and 18-year-olds Friday night, many more were forced to watch with stone cold scowls and turn their attention to Saturday.

Among them is USNTDP defenseman Jon Merrill.

Merrill, the highest ranked player from Future Considerations still on the board when round one came to a close Friday, was expected to be selected somewhere in the middle of the round. Perhaps the sliding of fellow blueliners Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley sealed Merrill’s fate and forced him into an appearance at the Staples Center.

While ranked as the second goaltender heading into the draft, Calvin Pickard wasn’t necessarily a lock to go in the second round. He was, however, viewed as a lock to be the second goaltender chosen after American Jack Campbell. When the Phoenix Coyotes went well off the board to select Niagara IceDogs netminder Mark Visentin, it all but sealed another appearance at the rink for Chet’s younger brother.

While immensely talented, few expected troubled Russian prospect Kirill Kabanov to go in the first round. Still, as seen by the selections of Joey Hishon and Kevin Hayes, all it would’ve taken was one club to push the Moncton Wildcats forward into the first round. Once a top-five talent, Kabanov’s antics earned him a ‘no-go’ pass in the first round. Kabanov may be the most closely watched prospect moving into round two Saturday.

In a similar light, John McFarland also found himself standing idle on the opening day of the draft.

After a strong season as a 16-year-old for the Sudbury Wolves, McFarland struggled in his draft year. Once a captain for Canada’s Under-18 entry at the Ivan Hlinka in 2009, McFarland was left out of Canada’s development camp this summer, highlighting the disappointments suffered from the player deemed to have a bit of an attitude problem. McFarland, ranked 20th by Future Considerations, does have a pile of upside and could make an excellent second round pick should he prove worthy of the ranking.

Then there were the likes of Tyler Toffoli, Stanislav Galiev and Troy Rutkowski, who all will likely hear their name called among the first dozen picks in the second round.

Where they do end up and at what position remains to be seen on Day 2 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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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