Future Considerations

Oleksiak rumoured to represent Canada
July 7, 2011, 5:41 pm
Filed under: NCAA, NHL, OHL, Stars, World Junior Championship | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

Jamie Oleksiak is heading north.

According to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, the Dallas Stars first rounder with dual citizenship will be trying out for Canada’s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Toronto, ON. native was named to Team USA’s summer camp, but was noticeably absent on Canada’s list of invitees.

Oleksiak, whose father is American, has suited up for Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Because the event isn’t sanctioned by the IIHF, Oleksiak is an international free agent and can play for either nation.

Canada can only return one defenseman from their silver medal winning squad a year ago. Erik Gudbranson, who may suit up for the Florida Panthers this season, is eligible to return. Continue reading

2011 NHL Entry Draft Selections
July 7, 2011, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Europe, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL

With much fanfare, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone.

As expected, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was made the first overall selection by the Edmonton Oilers, followed by the Colorado Avalanche picking Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau going to the Florida Panthers.

The two day affair had many surprises, including the newly named Winnipeg Jets selecting Mark Scheifele seventh overall, Nathan Beaulieu falling to 17th and Seth Ambroz lasting until the fifth round. Continue reading