Future Considerations

Draft eligibles tackle century mark
March 14, 2011, 6:04 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, WHL | Tags: , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

A trio are enjoying triple-digits.

Draft eligibles Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Strome and Jonathan Huberdeau all hit the 100-point plateau this week.

Nugent-Hopkins accomplished the feat in a five point effort over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday, a day after Niagara IceDogs forward Ryan Strome’s two goals against the Ottawa 67s pushed him over 100 points. Last night, Huberdeau scored in his final regular season game to accomplish the feat.

Nugent-Hopkins can add to his 102 points on the season in the final week of the WHL’s regular season. The Burnaby, BC native has two games remaining this season. Strome has three games remaining to improve on his 32 goals and 101 points.

Sean Couturier, another top-ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, finished with 93 points in 56 games.

The most productive draft season in CHL history came off the stick of Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux, who recorded an incredible 133 goals and 282 points in 70 games with the Laval Voisins. More recently, Rimouski Oceanic centre Sidney Crosby managed 6 goals and 168 points in 62 games before the Penguins made him the first overall pick in 2005.

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The trio have joined some elite company in recent years.

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both eclipsed the 100-point plateau in their draft season last year with 106 each. John Tavares notched 104 points in 2008-09 while Steven Stamkos recorded 105 before being taken first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. Patrick Kane, with 145 points, was the top pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting currently has 47 goals and 93 points in 62 games. The native of Nizhnekamsk isn’t eligible to be drafted until 2012.

Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VickersFC. Follow the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/FCHockey.


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