Future Considerations

Pair of Sea Dogs sent to Saint John
September 24, 2011, 1:36 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Tomas Jurco will get the opportunity to defend his Memorial Cup.

The Saint John Sea Dogs standout was returned to junior by the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.

Jurco, Detroit’s first pick, 35th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, had 31 goals and 56 points in 60 games with the Sea Dogs. In Saint John’s march to the QMJHL title, Jurco had six goals and 18 points. He added four goals and five points in helping the QMJHL club capture the Memorial Cup. Continue reading

2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

Huberdeau’s year capped by Panthers pick
June 25, 2011, 11:31 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Call it just another day in the hockey career of Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Saint John Sea Dogs standout added third overall pick to his resume, one that boasts a QMJHL Playoffs MVP, Memorial Cup MVP and Memorial Cup Championship. Not a bad 10 months for the St. Jerome, PQ native.

“I can’t ask for anything more this season,” said the newest member of the Florida Panthers. ” I did everything on the ice I had to do for the Memorial Cup, so that was great, and I’m happy that Florida took me.”

The pick wasn’t at all a big surprise to Huberdeau, who expected to go among the first picks of the draft.

“Maybe I knew a little bit,” Huberdeau said. ” I was thinking I was third, so maybe I thought there is some chance that I’ll be picked there, but like you’re surprised to get picked there. ¬†You don’t know what the team wants, but I’m very happy to be a Panther.” Continue reading

Flyers take Couturier 8th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:20 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Sean Couturier eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Couturier’s six-foot-four, 195-pound frame make him a strong candidate to be in the NHL sooner rather than later. It isn’t his size, though, that’s going to get him there.

The Drummondville forward who led all draft eligible CHLers in points-per-game with 1.66 has soft hands and is a great playmaker, seeing the ice well and able to dish out timely, accurate passes to teammates. Continue reading

Panthers select Huberdeau 3rd overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:40 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Florida Panthers have selected Jonathan Huberdeau third overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Huberdeau possesses a smooth, long stride that helps him generate an impressive blend of speed and power. Like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Saint John Sea Dogs standout has electrifying hands and can make highlight reel plays through traffic. One-on-one, the St. Jerome, PQ. native can make defenders look flat out silly. Continue reading

Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading

Over/Under: Huberdeau a push at three
June 12, 2011, 4:52 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, QMJHL | Tags: ,

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 agrees, Jonathan Huberdeau is a push at three.

According to the Twitterverse, Saint John Sea Dogs standout wont go over or under, but exactly on three to the Florida Panthers.

Second only to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Huberdeau put together an exceptional year that saw him outside of the first round in September. Forty-three goals and 105 regular season points later, Huberdeau skyrocketed into the top-five. Continue reading