Future Considerations


Trouba commits to Michigan
September 27, 2011, 12:47 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jacob Trouba can be described as many things. He can add Wolverine to that list.

The 2012 draft eligible defenseman took to twitter to announce he has committed to the University of Michigan hockey program headed by Red Berenson.

“Commited,” Trouba tweeted. “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!” 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



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



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



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



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



Boucher Stings Spartans
July 28, 2011, 6:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

College hockey has lost another player to the Canadian Hockey League.

Reid Boucher, who has another year of high school, has de-committed to the Michigan State Spartans in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. The leading goal scorer for the gold medal winning United States at the World Under-18 Championship is expected to join the Sarnia Sting.

The native of Grand Ledge, MI. was expected to head to the United States Hockey League before joining Michigan State in 2012/13. Continue reading