Future Considerations

’12 eligibles steal show at R&D camp
August 20, 2011, 1:41 pm
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From Sean Lafortune:

After a few days at the rink, the NHL’s Research and Development camp served as an excellent opportunity at a first hand look at quite a few of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before the season gets underway.

And what a look!

Although he started off a bit slowly, I was really impressed with how Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba turned it up towards the end of the first day. One, he really stepped up his game and delivered some strong two-way play. I thought his instincts with the puck were great and on the other end, didn’t hesitate to catch a few forwards with his head down. He reminds me a lot of P.K. Subban with a higher upside. Continue reading

’12 eligibles open eyes at Ivan Hlinka

From Dan Stewart:

The scouting season is upon us.

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is the first big event of the scouting season and generally is the ‘welcome back’ point for the scouting community after a month’s vacation from hockey rinks.

It also represents the ‘gentleman start your engines’ moment for the 30 NHL teams in the 10 month race to see as much of these potential prospects before next June when teams have to make that difficult decisions on whom to select at the NHL Entry Draft proceedings. Continue reading

Dumba has great mentor in RNH
August 5, 2011, 6:23 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

If Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba needs to lean on someone for advice on how to handle himself in his draft year, he need not look far.

Across the dressing room may be a good place to start.

Should he fail to make the Edmonton Oilers out of training camp, Dumba will have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, to answer any and all draft inquiries. Continue reading

Blueliners excited about defense draft depth
August 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.

But when it’s all said and done, it could become the year of the defenseman.

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft appears, at least at this stage, to be huge on the back end. Though there are an impressive 14 defensemen ranked in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the draft, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that many more go in the first 30 picks. Continue reading

Huberdeau among CHLers in KHL draft
May 29, 2011, 8:48 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jonathan Huberdeau has been drafted fifth.

Just not in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and not in Minnesota.

Russian club Vityaz Chekhov made the Saint John Sea Dogs standout the fifth overall pick in the KHL Junior Draft Saturday.

The pick shouldn’t discourage any NHL clubs from taking the St Jerome, PQ native. Huberdeau doesn’t expect to report to Russia anytime soon. Continue reading

Yakupov voted CHL rookie
May 29, 2011, 8:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers

He came. He saw. He conquered.

And now Nail Yakupov has been named the Canadian Hockey League’s BMO Rookie of the Year.

Yakupov was previously named the Emms Family Award as the Ontario Hockey League’s top rookie after firing 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games this season.

The native of Nizhnekamsk, RU finished fifth in OHL scoring and became just the fifth OHL rookie to break the 100-point plateau, joining David Legwand, Sheldon Keefe and then teammates Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner.

The Sarnia Sting standout also set a new franchise record for goals and points by a rookie, besting current Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos’ 42 goals and 92 points in 2006/07. Continue reading

2012, 2013 draft crop shines at U17

By Dan Stewart:

With the IIHF World Junior Championship taking most of the media limelight over the holidays the other big holiday hockey tournament that draws the majority of the attention from NHL scouts during that time, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, also wrapped up in Winnipeg, MB. Continue reading