Future Considerations


Pair of Sea Dogs sent to Saint John
September 24, 2011, 1:36 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Tomas Jurco will get the opportunity to defend his Memorial Cup.

The Saint John Sea Dogs standout was returned to junior by the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.

Jurco, Detroit’s first pick, 35th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, had 31 goals and 56 points in 60 games with the Sea Dogs. In Saint John’s march to the QMJHL title, Jurco had six goals and 18 points. He added four goals and five points in helping the QMJHL club capture the Memorial Cup. Continue reading

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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



FC at the Draft: Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers
June 25, 2011, 4:06 pm
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Huberdeau’s year capped by Panthers pick
June 25, 2011, 11:31 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Call it just another day in the hockey career of Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Saint John Sea Dogs standout added third overall pick to his resume, one that boasts a QMJHL Playoffs MVP, Memorial Cup MVP and Memorial Cup Championship. Not a bad 10 months for the St. Jerome, PQ native.

“I can’t ask for anything more this season,” said the newest member of the Florida Panthers. ” I did everything on the ice I had to do for the Memorial Cup, so that was great, and I’m happy that Florida took me.”

The pick wasn’t at all a big surprise to Huberdeau, who expected to go among the first picks of the draft.

“Maybe I knew a little bit,” Huberdeau said. ” I was thinking I was third, so maybe I thought there is some chance that I’ll be picked there, but like you’re surprised to get picked there. ¬†You don’t know what the team wants, but I’m very happy to be a Panther.” Continue reading



Panthers select Huberdeau 3rd overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:40 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Florida Panthers have selected Jonathan Huberdeau third overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Huberdeau possesses a smooth, long stride that helps him generate an impressive blend of speed and power. Like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Saint John Sea Dogs standout has electrifying hands and can make highlight reel plays through traffic. One-on-one, the St. Jerome, PQ. native can make defenders look flat out silly. Continue reading



Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading