Future Considerations


No Nino For Portland?
August 31, 2010, 10:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

According to a source of Dean Millard of The Pipeline Show, the New York Islanders are planning on keeping Nino Niederreiter for the 2010/11 season.

Niederreiter, the Islanders’ first round pick, fifth overall, had 36 goals and 60 points in 65 games with the Portland Winter Hawks last year and was named to the 2010 World Junior Championship All-Star Team after posting six goals and 10 assists in seven games.

The Islanders are no strangers to fast-tracking their first round picks to the NHL in recent years.

Niederreiter, the highest drafted Swiss-born player ever, would join the likes of John Tavares and Josh Bailey as prospects to make the jump to the NHL immediately following their draft year. Tavares finished with 54 points in 82 games after being the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Bailey had 25 points in 68 games in his rookie campaign after being selected ninth overall in 2008.

Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations. Follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/VickersFC

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I Completely DISAGREE WITH THIS DECISION IF THAT IS INDEED THE CASE ONE MORE YEAR IN JUNIOR I FEEL WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF NINO NEIDERREITER. THIS SHOWS ME THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN LINING THEIR POCKETS AT THE EXPENSE OF AN ONLY 18 YEAR OLD KID WHOM AT THAT AGE I STRONGLY BELIEVE AND FEEL IS MUCH TOO YOUNG TO BE PLAYING IN THE NHL NO MATTER WHOM HE IS OR WHAT IS TALENT LEVEL SHOULD BE. I HAVE SEEN NHL TEAMS RUIN KIDS BECAUSE OF THIS VERY BEHAVIOR. IT IS SICK AND DISGUSTING. AGAIN IT SHOWS ME THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN WHAT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST AT THE EXPENSE OF WHAT IS IN THE KIDS BEST INTEREST. IN THIS CASE I AM CONVINCED AND STRONGLY BELIEVE AND FEEL IT IS IN NINO NEIDERREITERS BEST INTEREST THAT HE BE SENT BACK TO THE PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS FOR ONE MORE YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT ON WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE A VERY GOOD WINTERHAWKS TEAM.

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