Future Considerations


’12 eligibles open eyes at Ivan Hlinka

From Dan Stewart:

The scouting season is upon us.

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is the first big event of the scouting season and generally is the ‘welcome back’ point for the scouting community after a month’s vacation from hockey rinks.

It also represents the ‘gentleman start your engines’ moment for the 30 NHL teams in the 10 month race to see as much of these potential prospects before next June when teams have to make that difficult decisions on whom to select at the NHL Entry Draft proceedings. Continue reading



Grimaldi VDub bound
August 14, 2011, 7:31 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

In the dog days of August, any hockey news is interesting news.

But when Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi fired up Twitter Sunday, many Western Hockey League fans took immediate notice.

“Many different choices, but I’m going with the Dub. The Dub is the best fit for me #TheDub,” tweeted Grimaldi, who is expected to join the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in a few weeks.  Continue reading



Ceci, Murray at the head of the class
August 10, 2011, 11:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

While a dozen draft eligible defensemen were battling for seven roster spots on Canada’s entry in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, two were focused elsewhere.

Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67s and Everett Silvertips captain Ryan Murray skated alongside the likes of Ryan Johansen, Erik Gudbranson and 2011 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp. Continue reading



Oleksiak connected to Canada
August 7, 2011, 5:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Home is where the heart is.

For Jamie Oleksiak, Canada is home.

The six-foot-seven, 240-pound defenseman with both Canadian and American citizenship made that clear when he announced his intentions to skate in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp a week ago.

The Toronto, ON. native made headlines when it was rumoured he would accept an invitation from Hockey Canada, declining USA Hockey’s offer in the process.

While he didn’t take the decision lightly, Oleksiak explained why his heart was in representing Canada. Continue reading



Dumba has great mentor in RNH
August 5, 2011, 6:23 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

If Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba needs to lean on someone for advice on how to handle himself in his draft year, he need not look far.

Across the dressing room may be a good place to start.

Should he fail to make the Edmonton Oilers out of training camp, Dumba will have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, to answer any and all draft inquiries. Continue reading



Matheson’s journey the path less taken
August 2, 2011, 11:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but there’s something distinctly different about defenseman Michael Matheson.

The Pointe-Claire, QC. native didn’t join the Shawinigan Cataractes, who selected him 27th overall in the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. In fact, the No. 1 ranked prospect heading into that draft fell for the same reason he didn’t report to Shawinigan. Continue reading



Blueliners excited about defense draft depth
August 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.

But when it’s all said and done, it could become the year of the defenseman.

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft appears, at least at this stage, to be huge on the back end. Though there are an impressive 14 defensemen ranked in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the draft, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that many more go in the first 30 picks. Continue reading