Future Considerations


2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

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Rask no lock for North America
September 12, 2011, 9:45 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He’s been in camp in Calgary with the WHL’s Hitmen.

He’s skated in Traverse City alongside his fellow Carolina Hurricanes prospects.

But there is still no guarantee Swedish import Victor Rask will play hockey in North America for the upcoming season.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Rask told Mike Morreale of NHL.com. “I like to play in North America, but have to wait and see what happens. Maybe I will, because it’s good hockey here.” Continue reading



Soberg’s future uncertain
September 11, 2011, 2:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Import goaltender Steffen Soberg has headed home.

The sixth overall pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, Soberg was expected to tend the twine of the Swift Current Broncos for the upcoming season. In fact, the fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft even participated in a preseason tournament for the Broncos before leaving for Washington Capitals rookie camp. Continue reading



’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



Draftees quick to ink up
July 18, 2011, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Devils, Europe, Flames, NHL, Oilers, Senators, WHL, Wild | Tags: , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.

Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading



FC releases preliminary ranking for 2012
July 9, 2011, 11:19 am
Filed under: Europe, NCAA, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

With the 2011 draft in the books, the focus for many amateur scouts now turns to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Much like them, Future Considerations is also turning its attention to 2012.

And there are names already turning heads.

The Sarnia Sting’s electric tandem are just two of the talented prospects making names for themselves a year or two before they are eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. Both Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk are set to battle each other for the 2012 throne, while another Russian – Mikhail Grigorenko – will toss his hat into the battle as well. Continue reading



Will the next NHL Superstar please stand up?
July 8, 2011, 12:31 am
Filed under: Europe, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like we hear about the next great hockey talent tearing it up in a rink somewhere around the world. Like clockwork, people start the hype machine rolling on some 13-year-old kid from B.C. or a 14-year-old mastering his craft in Michigan.

While some of these reports have their merit, and a gem—who ultimately goes on to become a future NHL superstar—is found, prospects often end up as just another good hockey player in a vast landscape of future NHL hopefuls. Continue reading