Future Considerations

Bell, Puempel among U18 absentees
April 6, 2011, 6:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

When Canada takes to the ice in Germany to capture their first Under-18 Championship since 2008, they’ll do it without Myles Bell.

Bell, who donned the Canadian jersey at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer, suffered an injury in mid-March that has left him unable patrol Canada’s blueline in just over a week. The Pats defenseman, ranked in the first round for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, didn’t suit up for Regina in the club’s final games of the season after injuring his leg in a March 11th game against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Continue reading

Murphy, McNeill headline Canada’s U18 Entry
April 6, 2011, 5:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Team Canada’s entry in the World Under-18 Championship will need some ‘MM’agic in its quest for gold in Germany.

That is, ‘M’urphy and ‘M’cNeill.

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy and Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill highlights Canada’s roster, unveiled Thursday. Murphy is Canada’s top-ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is projected to go in the top-10 on draft day. McNeill, who is expected to centre Canada’s top line, is ranked 13thContinue reading

Huberdeau’s playoff heroics building draft hype
April 6, 2011, 12:28 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jonathan Huberdeau put on an impressive first round performance in his series opener in the QMJHL playoffs.

And it’s making scouts feel better about the option of taking him among the first few picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“His performance isn’t just solidifying him as a top-six (in the draft), but he’s now knocking on the top-four door,” an NHL Eastern Conference scout offered. Continue reading