Future Considerations

Canucks sign top prospect
September 23, 2011, 8:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Nicklas Jensen has made an impression on his new bosses.

Jensen, selected 29th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been signed to an entry-level contract by the Vancouver Canucks after recording two points in his preseason debut Thursday. Continue reading

Couturier signs contract with Flyers
September 22, 2011, 11:04 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Just days after defenseman Ryan Murphy signed a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, another member of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft class has followed suit.

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed centre Sean Couturier, the club’s eighth overall pick from June.

The six-foot-four, 191-pound forward is regarded as one of the most NHL-ready prospects from the 2011 draft. Continue reading

2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Sean Couturier – Philadelphia Flyers
June 26, 2011, 11:15 am
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Flyers take Couturier 8th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:20 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Sean Couturier eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Couturier’s six-foot-four, 195-pound frame make him a strong candidate to be in the NHL sooner rather than later. It isn’t his size, though, that’s going to get him there.

The Drummondville forward who led all draft eligible CHLers in points-per-game with 1.66 has soft hands and is a great playmaker, seeing the ice well and able to dish out timely, accurate passes to teammates. Continue reading

Couturier’s rollercoaster ride
June 23, 2011, 7:20 pm
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From Kevin Forbes:

Entering into the 2010-11 season, Sean Couturier was thought by most to be the front-runner to go first overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

After all, the Drummondville Voltigeurs forward had just come off a season that saw him tie for the QMJHL’s scoring lead as an underager. As the QMJHL season began, all eyes were on Couturier and not even a fight with mononucleosis over the off-season was expected to slow the six-foot-four centre down.

But with the prospect of being the first QMJHL player selected first overall since Sidney Crosby in 2005, a silence shrouded Couturier in the first half of the year. Not with his on-ice play, but his availability off the ice. The star prospect was, for lack a better term, muted and made unavailable for media interviews.

“At the beginning of the season, he didn’t struggle, but he had a little bit of a hard time with the media situation, because he’s an introverted guy,” Drummondville head coach Mario Duhamel said. 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