Future Considerations


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

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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



’12 eligibles steal show at R&D camp
August 20, 2011, 1:41 pm
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From Sean Lafortune:

After a few days at the rink, the NHL’s Research and Development camp served as an excellent opportunity at a first hand look at quite a few of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before the season gets underway.

And what a look!

Although he started off a bit slowly, I was really impressed with how Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba turned it up towards the end of the first day. One, he really stepped up his game and delivered some strong two-way play. I thought his instincts with the puck were great and on the other end, didn’t hesitate to catch a few forwards with his head down. He reminds me a lot of P.K. Subban with a higher upside. Continue reading



Marcantuoni putting many miles on draft journey
August 19, 2011, 10:55 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

From Calgary to Breclav to Toronto, it’s been a well-traveled start to Matia Marcantuoni’s draft journey.

The Kitchener Rangers forward was successful in his bid to join Hockey Canada’s entry into the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic. Days after returning home with a gold medal, the Toronto, ON. native headed to the NHL’s Research and Development Camp as one of 36 draft eligible invitees. 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



’12 eligibles open eyes at Ivan Hlinka

From Dan Stewart:

The scouting season is upon us.

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is the first big event of the scouting season and generally is the ‘welcome back’ point for the scouting community after a month’s vacation from hockey rinks.

It also represents the ‘gentleman start your engines’ moment for the 30 NHL teams in the 10 month race to see as much of these potential prospects before next June when teams have to make that difficult decisions on whom to select at the NHL Entry Draft proceedings. Continue reading



Ceci, Murray at the head of the class
August 10, 2011, 11:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

While a dozen draft eligible defensemen were battling for seven roster spots on Canada’s entry in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, two were focused elsewhere.

Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67s and Everett Silvertips captain Ryan Murray skated alongside the likes of Ryan Johansen, Erik Gudbranson and 2011 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp. Continue reading