Future Considerations

Over/Under: Siemens in latter half of first round
June 14, 2011, 11:46 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!

The 11th ranked Duncan Siemens will not be taken until after the 15th pick, if Twitter is right.

When polled on which half of the opening round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Siemens will be selected in, the Twitterverse was clear teams should wait on selecting the Sherwood Park, AB. native.

A hard hitter who patterns his game after New Jersey Devils legend Scott Stevens, Siemens also had an impressive 38 assists and 43 points while playing in all 72 games for the Saskatoon Blades this year. Still, many call into question the offensive ability of the six-foot-three, 190-pound defender after being surrounded with the Western Hockey League’s top offense. Continue reading

2012 draft impacting picks in Minnesota?
June 14, 2011, 7:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is 370 days away.

But it’s impact can be felt in as little as 11.

With 14 defenseman currently ranked in the first round for the 2012 draft and 24 slotted in the first 60 picks, NHL teams may look beyond 2011 to bolster their blueline. With just nine defenseman with first round potential in 2011, organizations outside of the range of the likes of Adam Larsson and Dougie Hamilton may wait for the opportunity to select Ryan Murray, Nick Ebert, Jacob Truba, Griffin Reinhart or about a dozen other high profile defenseman available in a year’s time. Continue reading