Future Considerations


Adam named AHL’s top rookie
April 7, 2011, 11:56 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Another year, another Portland Pirate is the AHL’s top rookie.

In what is becoming a minor league tradition, Buffalo Sabres prospect Luke Adam has been named the recipient of Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the league’s best first-year player.

Adam’s win marks the third consecutive year a Portland Pirate has claimed the award. Tyler Ennis captured the award last year while Nathan Gerbe received the honour in 2008/09. Current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Teddy Purcell was the last non-Pirate to capture the award as a Los Angeles Kings prospect, doing so with the Manchester Monarchs. Continue reading



Emms Award for Nail
April 7, 2011, 7:09 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Hail Nail.

Nail Yakupov was awarded the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie Wednesday, capping off an impressive debut season in which the Sarnia Sting standout recorded 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games this season and be named the league’s rookie of the month on three separate occasions.

Finishing fifth in league scoring and first among rookies, Yakupov becomes just the fifth OHL rookie to break the 100-point plateau, joining David Legwand, Sheldon Keefe and then teammates Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner.

“I am honoured to be named Rookie of the Year in the Ontario Hockey League,” Yakupov told the OHL.  Continue reading



Couturier bests Huberdeau in QMJHL hardware hunt
April 7, 2011, 6:20 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, QMJHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

While the Drummondville Voltigeurs are still battling for the President’s Cup, forward Sean Couturier has already pulled in some impressive hardware.

The six-foot-four centre was the big winner at the QMJHL’s Golden Puck Awards Gala, bringing in both the Michel-Briere Trophy and Michael-Bossy Trophy.

Couturier bested fellow 2011 draft eligible Jonathan Huberdeau and Philip-Michaël Devos, who skated with the Gatineau Olympiques and Victoriaville Tigres this season, for the Briere award, given annually to the league’s most valuable player. Couturier’s 96 points placed him fifth in league scoring, but the Bathurts, NB. product was limited to 58 games after representing Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His 1.66 points-per-game was a league-best. Continue reading



Central Scouting’s E.J. McGuire passes
April 7, 2011, 5:57 pm
Filed under: NHL

From Aaron Vickers:

Director of Central Scouting Edward John (E.J.) McGuire passed on at the age of 58 Thursday in Toronto.

McGuire suffered from leiomyoscarcoma, a rare form of cancer that aggressively attacks the body’s cells that make up the involuntary muscles within the body. He is survived by his wife, Terry, and their daughters Jacqueline and Erin. Continue reading