Future Considerations

Heads up for Siemens
June 23, 2011, 7:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Keep your head up.

It’s what opposing Western Hockey League forwards have learned when coming down the wing against the Saskatoon Blades.

More specifically: Duncan Siemens.

Siemens, ranked 11th in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will not hesitate to throw the body around.

“My style is more of a shutdown defenseman, hard to play against, physical,” Siemens said. “I like to contribute offensively as best I can but (I’m) definitely more of a shutdown defenseman that plays with an edge.”

Or his fists, for that matter.

Siemens dropped the gloves seven times during his draft year. Eight if you count the dust up in the CHL Top Prospects Game against fellow draft eligible David Musil. Continue reading

Couturier’s rollercoaster ride
June 23, 2011, 7:20 pm
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From Kevin Forbes:

Entering into the 2010-11 season, Sean Couturier was thought by most to be the front-runner to go first overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

After all, the Drummondville Voltigeurs forward had just come off a season that saw him tie for the QMJHL’s scoring lead as an underager. As the QMJHL season began, all eyes were on Couturier and not even a fight with mononucleosis over the off-season was expected to slow the six-foot-four centre down.

But with the prospect of being the first QMJHL player selected first overall since Sidney Crosby in 2005, a silence shrouded Couturier in the first half of the year. Not with his on-ice play, but his availability off the ice. The star prospect was, for lack a better term, muted and made unavailable for media interviews.

“At the beginning of the season, he didn’t struggle, but he had a little bit of a hard time with the media situation, because he’s an introverted guy,” Drummondville head coach Mario Duhamel said. Continue reading

Murphy Grapes’ cherry on top
June 23, 2011, 7:13 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

Ryan Murphy, first overall?

Grapes thinks it has a certain ring to it.

Earlier this year, Murphy became one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft’s most recognizable names amongst hockey fans thanks to infamous hockey broadcaster Don Cherry. The spotlight of not only the hockey hotbed that is Kitchener, but prospect and draft nuts everywhere were focused on the Aurora, ON. native after Cherry boldly guaranteed in mid-November that Murphy would be the first player taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

It didn’t take long for Murphy to find out about the praise.

“It was pretty cool,” Murphy remarked. “I was on the bus, coming back from a playoff game in London last year, and I had about 36 messages on my phone from friends and family saying that Don Cherry was saying some stuff about me.” Continue reading

FC on the Floor
June 23, 2011, 10:21 am
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft

From Aaron Vickers:

Please join Future Considerations this weekend on the floor of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

From picks to trades and everything in between, Future Considerations will be live from Minnesota bringing you all the coverage you need to be informed of what goes down on draft day.

Be sure to tune into our Twitter at www.twitter.com/fchockey, as well as our YouTube page for all the video you can handle at www.youtube.com/futureconsiderations. Lastly, be sure to add us to Facebook at www.facebook.com/fchockey, the first place all our social media feeds head! Continue reading