Future Considerations


Over/Under: Grimaldi won’t fall before 13
June 10, 2011, 10:31 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, USHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

Over/Under is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Managing editor Aaron Vickers polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Aaron at @VickersFC to participate!

Twitter has spoken.

There will be no draft day surprise for United States Development Program standout Rocco Grimaldi.

According to the Twitterverse, the five-foot-six Grimaldi shouldn’t expect to hear his name called before the 13th overall pick.

Ranked 15th in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the pint-sized offensive powerhouse has big potential to sneak into the top-10 on June 24th, or fall out of the first round completely. Continue reading



USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading