Future Considerations


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

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Avs ink top two from 2011
July 28, 2011, 5:43 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche made a big splash on June 25th after selecting both Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The club made more waves by signing the duo to entry level deals Thursday.

“We are pleased to have both Gabriel and Duncan under contract,” Colorado general manager and executive V.P. Greg Sherman said in a team released statement. “We look forward to them participating in their first training camp this fall.”

Regarded as the most NHL-ready player in the draft, the six-foot-one, 205-pound Landeskog is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Avalanche this season. The left winger, selected second overall, scored 36 goals and 66 points in 53 games last season with the Kitchener Rangers. Continue reading



Draftees quick to ink up
July 18, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.

Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading



Bartschi offered Flames contract day after draft
June 27, 2011, 6:20 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Get drafted Friday.

Sign Saturday?

It was an entirely plausible scenario for the newest member of the Calgary Flames.

Drafted 13th overall Friday night by the Flames Friday night, Sven Bartschi’s agent was sent a contract offer from Calgary a day later, according to a tweet from Rob Kerr of The Fan 960. Continue reading



FC at the Draft: Sven Bartschi – Calgary Flames
June 27, 2011, 5:59 pm
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Flames take Bartschi 13th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:51 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Calgary Flames have selected Sven Bartschi of the Portland Winterhawks 13th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Simply put, Bartschi lacks an off-switch. The dynamic offensive forward blends his non-stop motor with a high compete level which makes him an attractive prospect. Continue reading



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