Future Considerations

Oleksiak connected to Canada
August 7, 2011, 5:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Home is where the heart is.

For Jamie Oleksiak, Canada is home.

The six-foot-seven, 240-pound defenseman with both Canadian and American citizenship made that clear when he announced his intentions to skate in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp a week ago.

The Toronto, ON. native made headlines when it was rumoured he would accept an invitation from Hockey Canada, declining USA Hockey’s offer in the process.

While he didn’t take the decision lightly, Oleksiak explained why his heart was in representing Canada. 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

Suitcase Schenn could be leaving for Los Angeles
April 14, 2011, 1:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

His WHL season, and likely career, is over.

But if there’s one thing Brayden Schenn has learned this year, it’s that there’s always another team to play for.

Starting the season with the Los Angeles Kings, Schenn has bounced to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and used the World Junior Championship to split time between the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades.

Has he come full circle?

With the Blades being bounced in an abrupt four game sweep at the hands of the Kootenay Ice, Schenn is eligible to return to to the Monarchs in time for their first round bout with the Binghamton Senators. The native of Saskatoon, SK had three goals and seven points in seven games during his stint in the league in November. Game 1 of Manchester’s series with Binghamton gets underway Thursday. Continue reading

Strenuous Year for Schenn
January 30, 2011, 4:05 pm
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By Aaron Vickers:

Pop quiz.

Name one player who has dealt with more on-ice disappointment than Los Angeles Kings Manchester Monarchs Brandon Wheat Kings Saskatoon Blades forward Brayden Schenn.

Without doubt, Schenn is one of the most talented prospects in the game today. That said, the last 12 months have been hard on the former fifth overall pick from 2009.  Continue reading

2012 eligible Frk, other undraftees impress at World Juniors
January 10, 2011, 1:57 am
Filed under: Europe, World Junior Championship | Tags: , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

The award for top underage prospect, meaning not even draft eligible this year, was an easy one this year.

Top Underage Prospect: #5 F Martin Frk.

The choices were limited and Frk was the only prospect that made a real impression. Just ask Canadian defensman Erik Gudbranson who took a ’between the legs hook and jerk’ which was called a spear and resulted in a game misconduct for the young Czech player. Continue reading

Draft eligibles put forth mixed performance in Buffalo

From Dan Stewart:

Every year the IIHF World Junior Championship gives NHL fans a preview of some of the world’s best young drafted hockey players who will likely one day be playing in the NHL.

It is also a time for NHL team personnel to get together and not only take stock in their prized prospects but also share in a gala event that has become so popular that its largest annual hockey rival can only be the Stanley Cup playoff itself.

Another intriguing aspect of this tournament is watching the handful of yet undrafted prospects, usually underage participants in their 17-year-old seasons, playing with the big boys in what is predominantly a 19-year-old event. This is intriguing not only to the NHL executives and scouts in attendance but also the media looking for a feel good story. Continue reading

Landeskog to lead eligibles at WJC

From Dan Stewart:

Each and every year there is a draft eligible prospect or two that go on to make a name for themselves over the holiday tournament competing against the worlds best junior aged players in the annual IIHF U20 World Junior Championship.

The 2011 event will be no different as many of the top draft prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will suit up for their respective national squads in hopes of bringing home a Gold medal along with national pride.

On the eve of the big event FC takes a look into the old crystal ball and gives you a taste of which draft eligible prospects are primed to have a breakout preformance for their nations during this holiday season. Continue reading