Future Considerations


Gibson de-committs to Michigan
July 27, 2011, 8:57 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For the second time in as many years, the University of Michigan has lost a premier netminder.

A season after losing Jack Campbell to the Windsor Spitfires, Michigan has lost Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound goaltender selected 39th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will join the Kitchener Rangers.

“John Gibson has decided not to attend the University of Michigan or to play college hockey,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said in a school press release.

A member of the United States National Team Development Program, Gibson went 9-4-3 with a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in USHL action. Internationally, Gibson helped Team USA to gold at the 2011 World U-18 Championship, earning the directorate award as the tournament’s top goaltender. Continue reading

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Coyotes’ Connor to Sarnia Sting
July 27, 2011, 7:57 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Connor Murphy is now a member of the Sarnia Sting.

The United States’ National Team Development Program standout surprised many by forgoing his college commitment in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. Murphy had committed to Miami University in February of 2010.

In an injury plagued nine games with the NTDP last season, Murphy had three goals and four points in nine games. He added three goals in six games to help Team USA to a gold medal performance at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, including the game-winning overtime goal against Sweden in the gold medal game. Continue reading



Oleksiak leaves Northeastern for OHL
July 27, 2011, 7:34 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jamie Oleksiak is bound for Saginaw.

The 2011 first round pick of the Dallas Stars has decided to leave Northeastern University in favour of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. Continue reading



Miller time for Whalers
July 16, 2011, 5:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

JT Miller is bound for Plymouth.

New York Rangers first round pick has reneged on his commitment to the University of North Dakota, instead opting to take his game to the Ontario Hockey League.

The Whalers hold Miller’s rights, who was selected 15th overall in June’s NHL Entry Draft. Whalers’ Stefan Noesen (Ottawa, 21) and Rickard Rickell (Anaheim, 30) were also drafted in the first round this year. 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



Oleksiak rumoured to represent Canada
July 7, 2011, 5:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jamie Oleksiak is heading north.

According to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, the Dallas Stars first rounder with dual citizenship will be trying out for Canada’s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Toronto, ON. native was named to Team USA’s summer camp, but was noticeably absent on Canada’s list of invitees.

Oleksiak, whose father is American, has suited up for Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Because the event isn’t sanctioned by the IIHF, Oleksiak is an international free agent and can play for either nation.

Canada can only return one defenseman from their silver medal winning squad a year ago. Erik Gudbranson, who may suit up for the Florida Panthers this season, is eligible to return. Continue reading



FC at the Draft: Jamie Oleksiak – Dallas Stars
June 27, 2011, 6:36 pm
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