Future Considerations

Over/Under: Oleksiak could be draft day surprise
June 11, 2011, 4:38 pm
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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’s had its say.

Northeastern defenseman Jamie Oleksiak with not only be among the first 14 picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but could slide into the top-10.

Slotted 17th in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 draft, Oleksiak has huge potential to sneak into the top-10. A blend of imposing size at six-foot-seven, 245-pounds and great skating ability, the Toronto, ON. native will be a tough prospect for a team looking to bolster their blueline depth on draft day to pass on, according to the Twitterverse. Continue reading

Mayfield’s journey just getting started
June 11, 2011, 11:09 am
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From Brian Huddle:

From Minnesota to Denver, Scott Mayfield’s journey is just beginning.

The son of a Denver University grad, a Pioneers jersey hung above the younger Scott’s bed, where he dreamt of donning those same colours one day in college hockey. But even before stepping on USHL ice, the NCAA came knocking.

“My dad graduated law school there, so that definitely played a part in it,” the young blueliner said of his commitment to Denver University, come September. “But the coaching staff is great; I love the way they coach. They kind of coach to how I play, within a winning tradition there.”

That’s not to rule out the huge impact that the home team blue and gold had on his life growing up.

The now six-foot-four rearguard found inspiration in the St. Louis Blues and a young defenseman by the name of Erik Johnson. Strangely enough, Mayfield will get a chance to see Johnson live with the Colorado Avalanche when he begins his season with the Pioneers. Continue reading