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

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Devils return three, release two
September 24, 2011, 1:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The New Jersey Devils have trimmed their training camp roster to 55, returning three players to junior and releasing two free-agent tryouts.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, defenseman Reece Scarlett and forward Reid Boucher have been released to their major junior clubs. Continue reading



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



Visentin, Domingue reassigned by Phoenix
September 22, 2011, 8:36 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

The Phoenix Coyotes have returned three players back to their junior teams.

Goaltenders Mark Visentin and Louis Domingue as well as forward Kale Kessy have been returned to their respective CHL teams. Continue reading



Namestnikov re-uKnighted by Lightning
September 22, 2011, 7:44 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

The Tampa Lightning announced that Vladislav Namestnikov has been assigned to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League Thursday.

Namestnikov was Tampa’s first round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota. He was selected 27th overall by the Lightning and was also chosen 20th overall in the 2010 CHL Import Draft by London. Continue reading



Sharks send Sgarbossa to Sudbury
September 22, 2011, 7:32 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

The San Jose Sharks announced yesterday that Michael Sgarbossa has been returned to the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves. 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