Future Considerations


Ducks select Rackell 30th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Ducks, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

With the final pick of the first round in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks have selected Plymouth Whalers forward Rickard Rakell.

The Sollentuna, SWE. native plays larger than his six-foot, 190-pound frame would suggest. An agitator who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around, Rackell also possesses good, but unspectacular offensive talent. Where he shines offensively is his willingness to go into high traffic areas and spots that he can battle, both for the puck and position. Continue reading



Canucks get Jensen 29th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Canucks, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

The Vancouver Canucks have picked Oshawa Generals forward Nick Jensen with the 29th pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The six-foot-two, 185-pound Jensen plays a significant power game and has no hesitation to drive into the dirty areas with the puck to create scoring chances. There isn’t a shy bone in Jensen’s body when it comes to going to the front of the net or in the corners to create action. Needless to say, the native of Denmark plays with a high level of intensity, though needs to work on his ability to do so consistently. Continue reading



Wild take Phillips 28th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:54 pm
Filed under: NHL, NHL Entry Draft, QMJHL, Wild | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

With their second selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild have selected Saint John Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips 28th overall.

The pick was acquired in a deal that sent Wild defenseman Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Devin Setoguchi.

Phillips, who had 38 goals and 95 points in 67 games, possesses obvious offensive talent, both in his ability to control the puck with his quick hands and hard, accurate shot. Phillips also isn’t shy to take the puck to the net or get into the gritty areas to create offense either. Continue reading



Lightning nab Namestnikov at 27 in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Lightning, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have nabbed London Knights forward Vladimir Namestnikov with the 27th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Namestnikov combines his shifty, fleet footed skating ability with a set of soft hands and a plethora of tricks to dip from, making him one of the draft’s most dynamic talents. A playmaker at heart, Namestnikov loves to dish the puck to an open teammate but will not hesitate to put the puck on net, as his 30 goals in 68 games with the London Knights will attest to.

While cutting through the middle has typically been something a young Russian prospect has been known to shy away from, Namestnikov shows no fear in invading any part of the ice despite weighing just 165-pounds. Continue reading



Hawks nab Danault 26th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:41 pm
Filed under: Blackhawks, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, QMJHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

With the 26th overall selection acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer, the Chicago Blackhawks have picked Victoriaville’s Phillip Danault.

A player who leaves nothing left in the gas tank each time he plays, the centre has speed to burn and always has his feet moving. His high compete level compliments both his speed and playmaking ability, as evident in his 44 assists and 67 points in 64 games this season. Continue reading



Leafs pick Percy 25th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:31 pm
Filed under: Maple Leafs, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have picked Stuart Percy with their 25th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The steady, consistent Mississauga Major isn’t overly offensive, but does transition the play from defense to offense well and makes quick breakout passes to his forwards.

Where Percy shines is in his defensive play. The six-foot-one, 185-pound Percy uses strong positioning, a quick stick and a willingness to engage physically on the opposition to defend effectively. Using a good ability to read how a play develops also aids Percy in defending his own end. Continue reading



Senators select Puempel 24th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:21 pm
Filed under: NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, Senators | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

After acquiring the 24th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators quickly selected Peterborough Petes forward Matt Puempel.

Puempel became a wildcard heading into the draft with his inconsistent play and an injury to his hip that forced him to miss the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League season and World Under-18 Championship.

Still, the Peterborough Pete standout is a goal scorer through and through, recording 34 goals in just 55 games this season. The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward shows good creativity and goal scoring hands that deliver a heavy wrister to the net with a lightning quick release. Simply put, Puempel is a player who smells blood in the offensive end.

But where questions have fallen on Puempel lie in his ability to be consistent. The left winger went through bouts of invisibility this season, in both the offensive and defensive zone. That is, when the minus-33 player put effort into the defensive zone.  Continue reading