Future Considerations


Canucks sign top prospect
September 23, 2011, 8:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Nicklas Jensen has made an impression on his new bosses.

Jensen, selected 29th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been signed to an entry-level contract by the Vancouver Canucks after recording two points in his preseason debut Thursday. Continue reading

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Lightning add Milan
September 23, 2011, 6:51 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of Moncton Wildcats defenseman Daniel Milan to a three-year, two-waycontract Friday.

The six-foot-three, 194-pound blueliner had 14 goals and 38 points last season. Hew as the Wildcats top scoring defenseman and also led the QMJHL in points among rookie defenseman. Continue reading



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



Camping trip for Boston’s Hamilton
September 17, 2011, 12:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

There isn’t much that Boston Bruins property Dougie Hamilton hasn’t done in the last four months.

The six-foot-five, 193-pound defenseman was a first round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He’s skated along Canada’s best players under 20 at Hockey Canada’s development camp. He’s graduated from high school, earning the OHL’s scholastic player of the year honours.

Starting Saturday, Hamilton can add ‘attend an NHL training camp’ to the list.

Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will go camping with the Bruins in his first taste of NHL action.

But Hamilton shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the experience, Bruins’ assistant general manager Jim Benning said. 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



RNH has ’50/50′ shot at Oilers gig
September 16, 2011, 5:22 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Not since Erik Johnson in 2006 has a first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft failed to play a full season after being selected.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could change that.

The first overall pick in Minnesota’s draft four months ago is a virtual lock to be on the ice on October 9th when Edmonton welcomes the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is no guarantee Nugent-Hopkins, though, to be a mainstay in the Edmonton Oilers lineup beyond his first nine games. Continue reading



Johansen poised for Blue Jackets gig
September 15, 2011, 6:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Portland Winterhawks had to cancel an exhibition game due to a lack of personnel this preseason.

The team was forced to cancel a September 16th game against the Seattle Thunderbirds after injuries struck the club which had seen 15 players sent to NHL camps.

At best, the team should expect 14 back.

That’s because the Columbus Blue Jackets seem keen on keeping Winterhawks standout Ryan Johansen, who according to Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel, doesn’t have to play on the top two lines in order to make the team as a 19-year-old.

“(Johansen) doesn’t have to be one of our top two centers if he does make our hockey club,” Arniel told NHL.com. “He’s a talented kid who can play in a lot of situations.” Continue reading