Future Considerations

Will the next NHL Superstar please stand up?
July 8, 2011, 12:31 am
Filed under: Europe, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like we hear about the next great hockey talent tearing it up in a rink somewhere around the world. Like clockwork, people start the hype machine rolling on some 13-year-old kid from B.C. or a 14-year-old mastering his craft in Michigan.

While some of these reports have their merit, and a gem—who ultimately goes on to become a future NHL superstar—is found, prospects often end up as just another good hockey player in a vast landscape of future NHL hopefuls. Continue reading

‘Exceptional’ Ekblad Barrie’s Priority Pick
May 6, 2011, 8:19 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection has already been made.

And the draft doesn’t even start for another 15 hours.

Bucking conventional norms, the Barrie Colts announced Friday that blueliner Aaron Ekblad will be their selection at the event, well before the 9 AM (ET) Saturday start time of the draft. Continue reading

Ekblad granted exceptional status
March 31, 2011, 7:25 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

It’s official.

Aaron Ekblad is exceptional.

The Ontario Hockey Federation announced that the 15-year-old defenseman has been granted ‘exceptional player’ status and will be eligible for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection in May. The Belle River, ON. native is a strong candidate to be the top pick. The Barrie Colts hold the first overall selection. Continue reading