Future Considerations

’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

FC releases preliminary ranking for 2012
July 9, 2011, 11:19 am
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From Dan Stewart:

With the 2011 draft in the books, the focus for many amateur scouts now turns to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Much like them, Future Considerations is also turning its attention to 2012.

And there are names already turning heads.

The Sarnia Sting’s electric tandem are just two of the talented prospects making names for themselves a year or two before they are eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. Both Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk are set to battle each other for the 2012 throne, while another Russian – Mikhail Grigorenko – will toss his hat into the battle as well. Continue reading

Grigorenko goes to Remparts in Import Draft
June 29, 2011, 9:23 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Mikhail Grigorenko is a Rempart.

The 17-year-old Russian was selected second overall in the CHL Import Draft by Quebec, just days after the Remparts acquired the pick from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

A day prior to the Import Draft, the Remparts dealt the 11th overall pick in Wednesday’s selection process, as well as a 3rd round pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft in 2013 and a 2nd round pick in 2014 in exchange for the second overall pick, using it to select the Khabarovsk native. Continue reading

London targetting Import Grigorenko
June 27, 2011, 7:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Canadian Hockey League’s Import Draft is two days away.

But the London Knights have already kickstarted it.

Just two days prior to the Import Draft, the Knights dealt Reid McNeill, their first round Import Draft pick, Mississauga’s 2nd round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft and their own 3rd in 2013 to the Barrie Colts in exchange for the first overall selection in Wednesday’s selection process. Continue reading

U18 shows off top talent for 2012
April 26, 2011, 11:15 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Most prospects skating at the World Under-18 Championship were hoping to solidify their status in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

But not all.

Ryan Murray and Russian teammates Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko were battling to become the favourite heading into the 2011/12 season. The trio, eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, each put on a performance in Germany that wont soon be forgotten as scouts and hockey pundits get set to debate next year’s crop.

Murray, who captained Canada to a fourth place result, finished the tournament third in points among defensemen with 10 and second in goals with 3. It wasn’t just his offensive performance that jumped off the page, though, according to Future Considerations chief scout Dan Stewart. Continue reading

Gibson, teammates impress at U18’s

From Dan Stewart:

The 2011 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championship finished up recently in Germany with Americans claiming their third consecutive gold after beating Sweden in a thrilling overtime final.

An extremely talented Russian squad finished third after defeating the scrappy Canadian squad in the bronze medal game.

There were a handful of draft eligible prospects that really stood out with game changing performances, enough to boost their draft stock for this upcoming June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Continue reading