Future Considerations

FC at the Draft: Joel Armia – Buffalo Sabres
July 4, 2011, 6:58 pm
Filed under: Europe, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, Sabres | Tags:

Continue reading

Sabres select Armia 16th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:17 pm
Filed under: Europe, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, Sabres | Tags:

From Aaron Vickers:

The Buffalo Sabres have selected Joel Armia with the 15th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

A goal scorer with enviable size and mobility, the six-foot-three, 190-pound Armia has already shown an effectiveness playing against men in the SM-Liiga. The Assat winger notched 18 goals and 29 points in 48 games playing against opposition 10+ years his elder. Continue reading

Draft Dilemma: Euros on Day 1

From Andrew Weiss:

Draft Dilemma is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. FC’s Andrew Weiss polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Andrew at @WeissFC to participate!:

If @SeriousFan09 is able to predict the future, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will set a post-lockout draft record. Whether or not he will be correct with his prediction of 11 European born players taken in Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is debatable, the European born talent in this year’s crop is not.

@SeriousFan09 was so confident in his prediction that he hinted which team Alexander Khokhlachev would be selected by. Continue reading

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (20-11)
February 19, 2011, 5:57 pm
Filed under: NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

A time honoured tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the NHL Entry Draft is the mock.

While draft rankings are a good way for fans to determine the skill level a specific draft crop has, a draft never goes down like the rankings predict because of variables such as specific team needs, a difference of opinion on a prospects potential and an organization’s draft tendencies which they give significant weight to in making their lists. 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

Draft eligibles set to make mark on WJC

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like the a few of the top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft get to show off their wears at the premier junior tournament in the world, the IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2011 event looked to be exceptional when the preliminary rosters were announced as more than the normal quantity of draft eligibles looked to suit up in their repective countries colours and battle for Gold.

After more than a few high profile draft eligibles were cut from their squads during their respective pre-tournament camps we can be thankful that there are still a stellar group to watch although not anywere near what it could have been.

Three potential top selections in Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish forward with grit and offensive skill; Adam Larsson, the big Swedish two-way defenseman and Canadian two-way forward Sean Couturier will headline the 2011 NHL draft eligible participants. Continue reading