Future Considerations


Draft Dilemma: Goalies in the top-30
June 22, 2011, 9:35 am
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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



Surprises in St. Paul
June 6, 2011, 10:53 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Kirill Kabanov falling to late in the third round.

The Carolina Hurricanes selected Jeff Skinner seventh overall.

Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley falling to 12th and 13th respectively.

These were just four of many examples of surprises at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. With the unpredictable nature of the event, we’re sure to see many more in Minnesota later this June.

So what can hockey fans expect at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft?

The unexpected. With a wide open field and a class that boasts prospects ranked so close in nature, anything can and presumably will happen. Continue reading



A pro for Conz
May 15, 2011, 3:50 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Is this the year for Benjamin Conz?

Initially eligible for the 2009 draft in Montreal, the then relatively unknown Swiss netminder wasn’t on the radar.

A year later in Los Angeles was more favourable for the five-foot-10 goalie whose performance at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan earned himself the tournament’s top goaltender nod after posting a 4.76 goals against average and .893 save percentage while making 86 more saves than any other goalie. Still, though, 210 names were called with Conz still on the board.

With only five goaltenders ranked in Future Considerations’ top-85 for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Conz, passed over in the previous two years, could finally hear his name called in Minnesota. With what is a relatively weak crop in terms of goaltending talent available, the odds are in the Porrentruy native’s favour. Continue reading



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Will it be Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan-Nugent Hopkins who goes first?

How about Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs?

Sweden’s Adam Larsson or Gabriel Landeskog?

Will the likes of Niagara IceDogs blueliner Dougie Hamilton or rearguard Duncan Siemens fall in a similar fashion to that of Brandon Gormley and Cam Fowler did last year? Who will take a chance on the undersized Rocco Grimaldi? Or Ryan Murphy? Will Ryan Strome’s concussion significantly impact his draft stock? How about Matt Puempel’s season-ending hip surgery? Is this the year Swiss overaged goaltender Benjamin Conz finds an NHL team?
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2012 eligible Frk, other undraftees impress at World Juniors
January 10, 2011, 1:57 am
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From Dan Stewart:

The award for top underage prospect, meaning not even draft eligible this year, was an easy one this year.

Top Underage Prospect: #5 F Martin Frk.

The choices were limited and Frk was the only prospect that made a real impression. Just ask Canadian defensman Erik Gudbranson who took a ’between the legs hook and jerk’ which was called a spear and resulted in a game misconduct for the young Czech player. Continue reading