Future Considerations

Over/Under: Gibson outside the first round
June 13, 2011, 11:48 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!

It’ll be a lonely June 24th for John Gibson if Twitter is right.

The Twitterverse overwhelmingly suggested that the US NTDP’s standout netminder shouldn’t be drafted among the top-30 in Minnesota, pushing the Pittsburgh, PA. native to day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Despite putting up a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in 17 USHL games and helping Team USA to a gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship in Germany, Gibson, the top-ranked goaltender by Future Considerations heading into the draft, should be avoided in the first round. Continue reading

Biggs on right track to pro future
June 13, 2011, 11:16 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

Having all the right resources as a young player can make all difference in the world between achieving success and living up to one’s potential.

Tyler Biggs has been surrounded by important hockey resources his entire hockey career having played the last two seasons in the US National Development Program as well as having a former professional hockey player coach him throughout his minor hockey career. Don Biggs, a minor league hockey legend in Tyler’s hometown of Cincinnati, has been crucial to his son’s success and continues to be as the 2011 NHL Entry Draft nears.

The six-foot-two forward will continue to be surrounded by tremendous hockey resources as he begins his freshman year for the Miami University RedHawks (Ohio), a program that has produced the likes of this year’s Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele and Stanley Cup winners Dan Boyle and Kevyn Adams. Continue reading