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



Brodin set to invade Minnesota
June 28, 2011, 10:37 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

The Swedes invaded the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.

And one will be back very soon.

The Minnesota Wild selected Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin 10th overall, the fourth Swede selected in the first 10 picks of the 2011 draft.

“It was a fantastic feeling to be picked by Minnesota in Minnesota,” said Brodin. “[The Wild organization] showed me around the locker room and the arena. They have a very good organization, so I like it.” Continue reading



FC at the Draft: Jonas Brodin – Minnesota Wild
June 26, 2011, 11:05 am
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Wild nab Brodin with 10th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Minnesota Wild have selected Jonas Brodin with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Perhaps a bit underexposed prior to the draft, Brodin is a blend of poise and quiet confidence on the ice in his two-way play. The defenseman from Farjestads has a very high panic threshold and isn’t shy to take a hit to make a play.

That is, if the opposition can catch the slick skating Brodin. He skates extremely well with great overall mobility and agility, which compliment his ability to see the ice and make the correct play.  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