Future Considerations

Beaulieu eyes challenges ahead
July 16, 2011, 6:32 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

Shortly after the Montreal Canadiens selected Nathan Beaulieu, the defenceman promised fans he had plans to learn to speak French as soon as possible.

If Beaulieu can live up to his potential on the blue line, speaking French will be the least of concerns for Habs fans.

Although the St. John Sea Dogs’ defenseman was ranked ninth in Future Considerations’ final draft rankings, Beaulieu fell to the Canadiens at 17th overall and arguably was one of the steals of this year’s first round. Despite the wait, Beaulieu exclaimed that the elation in being selected by Montreal was a family affair.

“Growing up a French Canadian, [my father] is very excited, but not as much as me though,” Beaulieu said. “I’m very happy with where I ended up and I can’t say enough good things about this great organization.” Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Nathan Beaulieu – Montreal Canadiens
July 4, 2011, 6:59 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

Canadiens take Beaulieu 17th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

There isn’t anything that Beaulieu doesn’t excel at. While he’s not the flashiest of defensemen available at the top-end of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Beaulieu could be the steadiest.

The Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman has a nice two-way game that is achieved through his mobility and ability to transition between offensive in defense. Also helping his play is his vision and ability to make quality outlet passes. The Strathroy, ON. native doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff either, and is willing to drop the gloves if need be. 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

FC Releases 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide

The wait is over!

Though the draft is still a month away, the excitement starts now for Future Considerations. All 209 pages of it!

FC has officially released its 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide!

The Guide features stories on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy, Gabriel Landeskog, Duncan Siemens, Rocco Grimaldi, Mark McNeill and Saint John Sea Dogs’ Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu and more!

But it’s the profiles that have made FC popular since its inception in 2007.

This year, FC delivers in-depth profiles on the top-125 players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and chief scout Dan Stewart ranks the top-200 players hoping to hear their name called on draft day.

But that’s not all.

A list of sleepers and the top overagers re-entering the draft are also analyzed, and Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale of NHL.com go up against FC’s Stewart in its ever popular mock draft.

Those thirsty for a taste of what is coming beyond 2011 will enjoy a glimpse at not only the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – including FC’s Top-60 Preliminary Ranking for 2012, but a look at 2013 is also included.

Don’t want to be left out? Visit Future Considerations now to order your copy of FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide and while you’re there, visit FC’s 2011 Draft Sneak Peak! Continue reading

RNH tops FC’s final draft ranking

From Dan Stewart:

In the race for first, Ryan came out on top.

In the final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins secured Future Considerations’ 1st overall spot.

Ranked no lower than third all season, Nugent-Hopkins never relinquished the top spot in the ranking since wrestling the position away from Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Continue reading