Future Considerations

Penguins pick Morrow at 23 in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:19 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected Portland Winterhawks defenseman Joe Morrow with the 23rd pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

A smooth skating puck moving blueliner, Morrow sees the ice well and has the ability to rush the puck himself. The six-foot-one defenseman also has a cannon of a shot. Morrow isn’t shy to throw the body around either, and has been known to defend a teammate at the drop of his gloves. Continue reading

Maple Leafs take Biggs 22nd in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:05 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

After trading picks 30 and 39 to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs have picked Tyler Biggs with their newly acquired 22nd overall selection.

Perhaps one of the more enigmatic players available in the draft, Biggs possesses all the physical tools to be a dominating power forward at the professional level.

He stands at six-foot-two, 210-pounds. He’s got an aggressive mean streak. Isn’t shy to drop the gloves. Biggs skates well and has a powerful stride that compliments a shot that can dent the twine. He’ll bulldoze to the net with the puck without any shyness. Continue reading

Senators take Noesen 21st in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:01 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Ottawa Senators have selected Plymouth Whalers winger Stefan Noesen with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide.

The gritty, hard working winger is a tenacious forechecker with a good blend of offensive instinct and sheer determination. Noesen is also very competent in his own end and is especially effective on the penalty kill. Continue reading

Coyotes select Murphy with 20th pick in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:55 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Phoenix Coyotes have selected US NTDP defenseman Connor Murphy with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Murphy, the son of former NHLer Gord Murphy, plays a well rounded two-way game with solid skating ability and mobility. Where he shines is his blend of size at six-foot-three and smarts. Murphy uses his active stick and size to quickly separate the puck from the opposition and can read the play well. His wingspan forces opposing forwards to stick to the outside.

Offensively, Murphy is an attractive package as well. He isn’t shy to jump into the play, when safe to do so, and has a good, accurate shot from the point. Continue reading

Oilers take Klefbom 19th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

With their second pick in the first round, 19th overall, the Edmonton Oilers have selected Farjestad defenseman Oscar Klefbom.

Another in an impressive trio of defensemen Sweden has produced for this draft alongside Adam Larsson and Jonas Brodin, Klefbom plays a flashy offensive game that includes a strong willingness to join the rush as a fourth forward.

His offensive instincts are limited to that, though. Klefbom possesses a great vision to either make an intelligent pass or to simply put the puck on net. His soft hands both enable him to carry the puck into the offensive zone with relative ease or to control the powerplay from the back end without worry. Continue reading

Hawks take McNeill 18th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Chicago Blackhawks have selected Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill with the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

One of the top two-way centres in the draft, McNeill provides responsible defensive play, good puck protection and the ability to create turnovers in the neutral zone and productive talent in the offensive zone.

McNeill possesses an excellent blend of size, at six-foot-two, 205-pounds, and a skating stride that makes him hard to separate the puck from. Couple that with a strong understanding of his surroundings and commitment to hustle and grit leaves McNeill with the potential of a first-line centre.

The Prince Albert Raiders standout has had his offensive talent questioned, despite scoring 32 goals and 81 points in 70 games this season. That’s mainly because McNeill’s game lacks the flash of a top-line forward. Continue reading

Canadiens take Beaulieu 17th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

There isn’t anything that Beaulieu doesn’t excel at. While he’s not the flashiest of defensemen available at the top-end of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Beaulieu could be the steadiest.

The Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman has a nice two-way game that is achieved through his mobility and ability to transition between offensive in defense. Also helping his play is his vision and ability to make quality outlet passes. The Strathroy, ON. native doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff either, and is willing to drop the gloves if need be. Continue reading