Future Considerations


Devils return three, release two
September 24, 2011, 1:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The New Jersey Devils have trimmed their training camp roster to 55, returning three players to junior and releasing two free-agent tryouts.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, defenseman Reece Scarlett and forward Reid Boucher have been released to their major junior clubs. Continue reading

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Matheson’s journey the path less taken
August 2, 2011, 11:27 pm
Filed under: NCAA, QMJHL, USHL | Tags: , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but there’s something distinctly different about defenseman Michael Matheson.

The Pointe-Claire, QC. native didn’t join the Shawinigan Cataractes, who selected him 27th overall in the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. In fact, the No. 1 ranked prospect heading into that draft fell for the same reason he didn’t report to Shawinigan. Continue reading



Boucher Stings Spartans
July 28, 2011, 6:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

College hockey has lost another player to the Canadian Hockey League.

Reid Boucher, who has another year of high school, has de-committed to the Michigan State Spartans in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. The leading goal scorer for the gold medal winning United States at the World Under-18 Championship is expected to join the Sarnia Sting.

The native of Grand Ledge, MI. was expected to head to the United States Hockey League before joining Michigan State in 2012/13. Continue reading



Miller shocked by Rangers selection
June 28, 2011, 10:58 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Cheers from section 118 filled the Xcel Energy Center after Aaron Boogaard, on behalf of the New York Rangers, announced J.T. Miller’s name as their first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ironically, Miller was not a contributor to the noise as he stood in disbelief that the Rangers had selected him 15th overall.

“I was a little shocked,” Miller said. “I only had one meeting with them so I wasn’t really expecting it. There were other teams that showed a little more interest toward me so it was a little bit of a shock. But to get my name called was breathtaking and the best thing in the world.” Continue reading



Draft is Miller’s time
June 18, 2011, 6:20 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, USHL | Tags: , ,

From Andrew Weiss:

When a team has as many as five players going in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, players may have a hard time standing out.

That’s not the case for J.T. Miller.

Miller, a forward with the NTDP, has stood out for all the right reasons this season on a team loaded with talent, particularly at the forward position. While Miller finished his USHL season with a modest 15 points in 21 games, it was what he did without the puck that set Miller apart from the likes of his linemates Rocco Grimaldi and Reid Boucher who were put together at the beginning of the USHL season. Continue reading



Biggs shows little at U18
April 25, 2011, 9:51 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, USHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

For as large a tournament as some of his teammates had, one would figure his name alone would put him in the category of having a successful event.

But Tyler Biggs was anything but at the World Under-18 Championship in Germany.

And while Biggs did score an important overtime goal against Canada in the semifinal, it was a case of too-little, too-late by the time the gold medal was hanging from his neck. Continue reading



Gibson, teammates impress at U18’s

From Dan Stewart:

The 2011 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championship finished up recently in Germany with Americans claiming their third consecutive gold after beating Sweden in a thrilling overtime final.

An extremely talented Russian squad finished third after defeating the scrappy Canadian squad in the bronze medal game.

There were a handful of draft eligible prospects that really stood out with game changing performances, enough to boost their draft stock for this upcoming June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Continue reading