Future Considerations


Grimaldi VDub bound
August 14, 2011, 7:31 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

In the dog days of August, any hockey news is interesting news.

But when Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi fired up Twitter Sunday, many Western Hockey League fans took immediate notice.

“Many different choices, but I’m going with the Dub. The Dub is the best fit for me #TheDub,” tweeted Grimaldi, who is expected to join the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in a few weeks.  Continue reading

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Miller shocked by Rangers selection
June 28, 2011, 10:58 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Cheers from section 118 filled the Xcel Energy Center after Aaron Boogaard, on behalf of the New York Rangers, announced J.T. Miller’s name as their first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ironically, Miller was not a contributor to the noise as he stood in disbelief that the Rangers had selected him 15th overall.

“I was a little shocked,” Miller said. “I only had one meeting with them so I wasn’t really expecting it. There were other teams that showed a little more interest toward me so it was a little bit of a shock. But to get my name called was breathtaking and the best thing in the world.” Continue reading



Draft is Miller’s time
June 18, 2011, 6:20 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

When a team has as many as five players going in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, players may have a hard time standing out.

That’s not the case for J.T. Miller.

Miller, a forward with the NTDP, has stood out for all the right reasons this season on a team loaded with talent, particularly at the forward position. While Miller finished his USHL season with a modest 15 points in 21 games, it was what he did without the puck that set Miller apart from the likes of his linemates Rocco Grimaldi and Reid Boucher who were put together at the beginning of the USHL season. Continue reading



Over/Under: Grimaldi won’t fall before 13
June 10, 2011, 10:31 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!

Twitter has spoken.

There will be no draft day surprise for United States Development Program standout Rocco Grimaldi.

According to the Twitterverse, the five-foot-six Grimaldi shouldn’t expect to hear his name called before the 13th overall pick.

Ranked 15th in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the pint-sized offensive powerhouse has big potential to sneak into the top-10 on June 24th, or fall out of the first round completely. Continue reading



Surprises in St. Paul
June 6, 2011, 10:53 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Kirill Kabanov falling to late in the third round.

The Carolina Hurricanes selected Jeff Skinner seventh overall.

Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley falling to 12th and 13th respectively.

These were just four of many examples of surprises at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. With the unpredictable nature of the event, we’re sure to see many more in Minnesota later this June.

So what can hockey fans expect at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft?

The unexpected. With a wide open field and a class that boasts prospects ranked so close in nature, anything can and presumably will happen. Continue reading



FC Releases 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide

The wait is over!

Though the draft is still a month away, the excitement starts now for Future Considerations. All 209 pages of it!

FC has officially released its 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide!

The Guide features stories on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy, Gabriel Landeskog, Duncan Siemens, Rocco Grimaldi, Mark McNeill and Saint John Sea Dogs’ Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu and more!

But it’s the profiles that have made FC popular since its inception in 2007.

This year, FC delivers in-depth profiles on the top-125 players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and chief scout Dan Stewart ranks the top-200 players hoping to hear their name called on draft day.

But that’s not all.

A list of sleepers and the top overagers re-entering the draft are also analyzed, and Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale of NHL.com go up against FC’s Stewart in its ever popular mock draft.

Those thirsty for a taste of what is coming beyond 2011 will enjoy a glimpse at not only the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – including FC’s Top-60 Preliminary Ranking for 2012, but a look at 2013 is also included.

Don’t want to be left out? Visit Future Considerations now to order your copy of FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide and while you’re there, visit FC’s 2011 Draft Sneak Peak! Continue reading



Biggs shows little at U18
April 25, 2011, 9:51 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For as large a tournament as some of his teammates had, one would figure his name alone would put him in the category of having a successful event.

But Tyler Biggs was anything but at the World Under-18 Championship in Germany.

And while Biggs did score an important overtime goal against Canada in the semifinal, it was a case of too-little, too-late by the time the gold medal was hanging from his neck. Continue reading