Future Considerations

FC Releases 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide

The wait is over!

Though the draft is still a month away, the excitement starts now for Future Considerations. All 209 pages of it!

FC has officially released its 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide!

The Guide features stories on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy, Gabriel Landeskog, Duncan Siemens, Rocco Grimaldi, Mark McNeill and Saint John Sea Dogs’ Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu and more!

But it’s the profiles that have made FC popular since its inception in 2007.

This year, FC delivers in-depth profiles on the top-125 players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and chief scout Dan Stewart ranks the top-200 players hoping to hear their name called on draft day.

But that’s not all.

A list of sleepers and the top overagers re-entering the draft are also analyzed, and Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale of NHL.com go up against FC’s Stewart in its ever popular mock draft.

Those thirsty for a taste of what is coming beyond 2011 will enjoy a glimpse at not only the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – including FC’s Top-60 Preliminary Ranking for 2012, but a look at 2013 is also included.

Don’t want to be left out? Visit Future Considerations now to order your copy of FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide and while you’re there, visit FC’s 2011 Draft Sneak Peak! Continue reading

RNH nabs ‘Top Prospect’ honours
May 29, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He’s on top again.

Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year, awarded to the player deemed to be the best draft eligible player in the Canadian Hockey League.

Nugent-Hopkins finished the season with 31 goals and 106 points, the highest total of any CHL draft eligible player. Continue reading

Huberdeau among CHLers in KHL draft
May 29, 2011, 8:48 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jonathan Huberdeau has been drafted fifth.

Just not in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and not in Minnesota.

Russian club Vityaz Chekhov made the Saint John Sea Dogs standout the fifth overall pick in the KHL Junior Draft Saturday.

The pick shouldn’t discourage any NHL clubs from taking the St Jerome, PQ native. Huberdeau doesn’t expect to report to Russia anytime soon. Continue reading

Yakupov voted CHL rookie
May 29, 2011, 8:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers

He came. He saw. He conquered.

And now Nail Yakupov has been named the Canadian Hockey League’s BMO Rookie of the Year.

Yakupov was previously named the Emms Family Award as the Ontario Hockey League’s top rookie after firing 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games this season.

The native of Nizhnekamsk, RU finished fifth in OHL scoring and became just the fifth OHL rookie to break the 100-point plateau, joining David Legwand, Sheldon Keefe and then teammates Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner.

The Sarnia Sting standout also set a new franchise record for goals and points by a rookie, besting current Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos’ 42 goals and 92 points in 2006/07. Continue reading

Oleksiak reflects on year, upcoming combine
May 27, 2011, 12:12 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

It’s not often a six-foot-seven defenseman flies under the radar.

With a draft class that is top heavy with defenseman, Boston based-Northeastern University’s Jamie Oleksiak has done just that for the majority of his freshman season with the team. Continue reading

Rau a draft day sleeper
May 25, 2011, 11:22 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

First, he was Mr. Clutch.

A day later, he was Mr. Hockey.

On June 25th, he could become Mr. Sleeper.

Eden Prairie forward Kyle Rau could very well end up that off-the-board pick that pays dividends for the team that selects him in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in his home state in a month’s time. Continue reading

Lieuwen blooming at the right time
May 24, 2011, 7:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He stands at over six-foot-five.

Yet the biggest thing about Nathan Lieuwen is the season he’s had.

The 19-year-old Kootenay Ice netminder followed up an impressive campaign in the Western Hockey League and iced his efforts by helping his club win the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Though the immediate return on winning the WHL is a berth in the Memorial Cup in Mississauga, Lieuwen will reap the benefit of his hard work in Minnesota. Continue reading