Future Considerations


Gibson de-committs to Michigan
July 27, 2011, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Kings, NCAA, NHL, OHL, USHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

For the second time in as many years, the University of Michigan has lost a premier netminder.

A season after losing Jack Campbell to the Windsor Spitfires, Michigan has lost Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound goaltender selected 39th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will join the Kitchener Rangers.

“John Gibson has decided not to attend the University of Michigan or to play college hockey,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said in a school press release.

A member of the United States National Team Development Program, Gibson went 9-4-3 with a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in USHL action. Internationally, Gibson helped Team USA to gold at the 2011 World U-18 Championship, earning the directorate award as the tournament’s top goaltender. Continue reading

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Draft Dilemma: Goalies in the top-30
June 22, 2011, 9:35 am
Filed under: Europe, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , , , ,

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!:

Last year saw Jack Campbell go 11th overall and Mark Visentin go 27th.

The 2009 draft saw no goaltenders selected while in 2008 Chet Pickard and Thomas McCollum went in the first round.

The trend continues of the alternating goaltender-less first round and goaltenders going in the first round in the ‘07 and ‘06 drafts as well. Continue reading



Over/Under: Gibson outside the first round
June 13, 2011, 11:48 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, USHL | Tags: , , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

Over/Under is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Managing editor Aaron Vickers polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Aaron at @VickersFC to participate!

It’ll be a lonely June 24th for John Gibson if Twitter is right.

The Twitterverse overwhelmingly suggested that the US NTDP’s standout netminder shouldn’t be drafted among the top-30 in Minnesota, pushing the Pittsburgh, PA. native to day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Despite putting up a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in 17 USHL games and helping Team USA to a gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship in Germany, Gibson, the top-ranked goaltender by Future Considerations heading into the draft, should be avoided in the first round. Continue reading



Spitfires’ Campbell set for Slovakia
April 28, 2011, 8:20 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jack Campbell is set for Slovakia.

The Windsor Spitfires netminder, who was eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, is set to join Team USA’s entry at the World Championship in Slovakia, which gets underway tomorrow.

Campbell, whose Spitfires were dumped in five games by the Owen Sound Attack, struggled in his first season with Windsor. The Port Huron, MI. native managed a 24-14-4 record with a 3.80 goals against average and .884 save percentage. In 18 postseason games, Campbell was 9-6-3, allowing 3.74 goals per game. Continue reading



Americans pro powered
December 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Blackhawks, Ducks, Maple Leafs, NHL, Stars, World Junior Championship | Tags: , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

When Team USA takes to the ice in Buffalo to defend their gold medal at the World Junior Championship, they’ll have a decidedly professional approach.

That’s because they’ll have four professional players suiting up for them as they look for back-to-back gold medals for the first time in the tournament’s history. Continue reading



Morin AHL Approved
September 15, 2010, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Blackhawks, NHL, OHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

Ask and ye shall receive.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch asked the NHL for clarification on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin and his ability to play in the American Hockey League this season.

The verdict? The 19-year-old Morin is AHL eligible.

Branch’s CHL has an agreement with the NHL stating players drafted out of one of the three junior leagues can only play minor pro if they are 20 years old by Dec. 31 or have played in the CHL for four seasons.

The argument in favour of Morin? He wasn’t drafted from a CHL team. Continue reading



Be Careful Branch, CHL Could Lose More Than Morin
August 30, 2010, 11:08 pm
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By Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

The Chicago Blackhawks intend to put 19-year-old prospect Jeremy Morin with their American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch intends to keep that from happening.

After seeing London Knights standout blueliner John Carlson leave the OHL for the Hershey Bears of the AHL last season, the Kitchener Rangers face a similar fate with their second-leading scorer in Morin.

That is, unless the the CHL and Branch has its way.

Normally, an 18 or 19-year-old player from the CHL had but two options: play another year of junior or play in the NHL. That wasn’t the case with Carlson, though, who was 19 when he left the Knights to join the Bears. The (non)argument at the time was that since Carlson was actually drafted out of the USHL, the CHL rule didn’t apply to him. Morin, drafted from the US National Under-18 team, is expecting a similar fate. Continue reading