Future Considerations

Carolina’s Rask returned to Hitmen
September 22, 2011, 10:51 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that Victor Rask has been returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

Rask, the club’s second round pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was Calgary’s first pick, third overall in the CHL’s Import Draft.

The six-foot-one, 192-pound Swedish centre  scored five goals and earned 11 points while playing in 37 games with Leksand of Sweden’s second professional division last season.

He also helped Sweden win silver at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, scoring twice and adding three assists. Continue reading

Hurricanes ink Murphy
September 16, 2011, 7:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Ryan Murphy, their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford announced the club signed Murphy, selected 12th overall in June.

“Ryan is a gifted offensive defenseman,” Rutherford said. “He skates extremely well and is dynamic with the puck. He put up very impressive numbers as a 17 year old in the OHL, and he’s put himself in a position to push for a spot on the NHL level.”

The five-foot-11, 176-pound blueliner finished second in scoring among defensemen in the Ontario Hockey League with 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games. He is the second consecutive Kitchener Ranger to be drafted in the first round by the Carolina Hurricanes after the team selected Jeff Skinner, the NHL’s reigning Calder Trophy winner, in 2010.  Continue reading

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

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

Murphy hopes for Carolina home
July 17, 2011, 1:56 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

It is 1200 kilometers from Kitchener, ON. to Raleigh, NC.

But hockey fans down in Carolina have never felt closer to the Canadian city.

One year after drafting 2011 NHL Calder Trophy Winner Jeff Skinner, the Carolina Hurricanes once more dipped into the Steve Spott factory of NHLers, taking defenseman, Ryan Murphy. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Ryan Murphy – Carolina Hurricanes
June 26, 2011, 11:12 am
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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