Future Considerations

Rask reports to Hitmen
August 28, 2011, 11:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Victor Rask has touched down in Calgary.

The Swede, selected third overall in the CHL Import Draft in July, has shown up for training camp with the Calgary Hitmen.

Rask, the 42nd pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was rumoured to be joining the Calgary Hitmen after Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News-Observer he wanted to see Rask rack up big minutes in North America.

“Our understanding is he will play in North America and that he wants to,” Rutherford said. “It’s very important to get him to a place where he plays a lot of minutes. We’d like to see him somewhere playing more than 20 minutes a game.” Continue reading

Unique journey ahead for Dubuque’s Girgensons
August 26, 2011, 11:22 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Unlike Zemgus Girgensons, the ordinary 17-year-old junior hockey player rarely sees himself in a leadership role.

Then again, very little about Girgensons happens to fit the mold of the typical 17-year-old junior hockey player.

From finishing third on USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints’ in points last season to holding true to his yearlong commitment to the University of Vermont, Girgensons may have the most unique story out of all 2012 draft eligible players. Continue reading

WHL player enters guilty plea in fatal accident
August 24, 2011, 12:15 am
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, WHL

From Aaron Vickers:

A 17-year-old major junior hockey player admitted he was at the wheel when he lost control of the vehicle which rolled and killed its female passenger in an accident just outside Cochrane last April.

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible pleaded guilty via his lawyer, Tim Foster, to dangerous driving causing the death of 18-year-old Regina, SK. native Emily Matthewson. Continue reading

Postma hoping to take flight with Jets
August 21, 2011, 10:33 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

His NHL career hasn’t taken off quite yet, but that hasn’t stopped Paul Postma from dreaming about being a Jet.

The Red Deer, AB. native originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers 205th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft has spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Continue reading

’12 eligibles steal show at R&D camp
August 20, 2011, 1:41 pm
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From Sean Lafortune:

After a few days at the rink, the NHL’s Research and Development camp served as an excellent opportunity at a first hand look at quite a few of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before the season gets underway.

And what a look!

Although he started off a bit slowly, I was really impressed with how Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba turned it up towards the end of the first day. One, he really stepped up his game and delivered some strong two-way play. I thought his instincts with the puck were great and on the other end, didn’t hesitate to catch a few forwards with his head down. He reminds me a lot of P.K. Subban with a higher upside. Continue reading

Marcantuoni putting many miles on draft journey
August 19, 2011, 10:55 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

From Calgary to Breclav to Toronto, it’s been a well-traveled start to Matia Marcantuoni’s draft journey.

The Kitchener Rangers forward was successful in his bid to join Hockey Canada’s entry into the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic. Days after returning home with a gold medal, the Toronto, ON. native headed to the NHL’s Research and Development Camp as one of 36 draft eligible invitees. Continue reading

Trouba’s hockey path undecided
August 17, 2011, 10:11 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jacob Trouba will be the biggest attraction for the US National Team Development Program this season.

Next season, he could become the Kitchener Rangers main event.

The Rochester, MI. native has yet to commit to an NCAA program and admitted he hasn’t ruled out playing in the Ontario Hockey League next season. Continue reading