Future Considerations

Over/Under: Sproul could be 1st round surprise
June 20, 2011, 6:27 pm
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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!:

If Twitter has a sleeper, Ryan Sproul is his name.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman who played Midget AAA last season had an incredible second half to his Ontario Hockey League season, recording 33 points in his last 44 games. Perhaps more impressively, Sproul recorded 10 goals from January onward, second only to the OHL’s Ryan Ellis, who was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player.

Sproul’s sudden outburst has Twitter expecting his name to be called long before the 64th overall pick, where Future Considerations has him slotted in the final ranking of the season. Continue reading

Sproul’s climb an exciting journey
June 18, 2011, 1:24 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

It’s not often that a young Canadian hockey player goes from playing Midget AAA to a highly touted NHL prospect with a year.

Yet Ryan Sproul is on the verge of doing just that, slated to go within the first three rounds of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft come June 24-25 in Minnesota.

One of the top risers in the 2011 NHL Draft Class, Sproul wasn’t even on any scout’s lists at the half way mark. The ascend hasn’t been lost on Sproul. Continue reading

Ellis continues hardware haul
May 5, 2011, 1:51 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

It will be a busy summer for Jim Ellis.

He’ll be tied up expanding the mantle in his home to accommodate the hardware his son Ryan has been accumulating.

While there isn’t much the Nashville Predators prospect hasn’t won in his four seasons with Windsor, the blueliner used the Ontario Hockey League as his personal playground in what will be his final season in a Spitfires jersey. Continue reading

Consider This! Time To Amend NHL/CHL Agreement
February 20, 2011, 5:33 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Brandon Wheat Kings and subsequently, the Saskatoon Blades were given a gift from the Los Angeles Kings in the near year.

Brayden Schenn.

The Wheat Kings were able to option Schenn to the Blades before the WHL’s trade deadline, receiving a ransom for arguably the best player in Major Junior this year. Continue reading

Trio of returnees lead Canada into camp

From Aaron Vickers:

Ryan Ellis, Calvin de Haan and Jared Cowen will have a shot at redemption.

The trio, who represented Canada’s silver medal effort at the World Junior Championship a year ago were named today to Canada’s selection camp roster Monday.

Should Ellis make the team, it will be his third consecutive event.

The Chicago Blackhawks have released Brandon Pirri, currently with the Rockfort IceHogs of the AHL, to Canada as well.

Sean Couturier of Drummondville and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Red Deer, who are battling to be the first overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, were also named to the team. Joining their draft class is Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy. Continue reading