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

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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



Draft Dilemma: Euros on Day 1

From Andrew Weiss:

Draft Dilemma is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. FC’s Andrew Weiss polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Andrew at @WeissFC to participate!:

If @SeriousFan09 is able to predict the future, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will set a post-lockout draft record. Whether or not he will be correct with his prediction of 11 European born players taken in Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is debatable, the European born talent in this year’s crop is not.

@SeriousFan09 was so confident in his prediction that he hinted which team Alexander Khokhlachev would be selected by. Continue reading



FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (30-21)
February 17, 2011, 10:43 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

From Dan Stewart:

A time honoured tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the NHL Entry Draft is the mock.

While draft rankings are a good way for fans to determine the skill level a specific draft crop has, a draft never goes down like the rankings predict because of variables such as specific team needs, a difference of opinion on a prospects potential and an organization’s draft tendencies which they give significant weight to in making their lists. Continue reading



Draft eligibles put forth mixed performance in Buffalo

From Dan Stewart:

Every year the IIHF World Junior Championship gives NHL fans a preview of some of the world’s best young drafted hockey players who will likely one day be playing in the NHL.

It is also a time for NHL team personnel to get together and not only take stock in their prized prospects but also share in a gala event that has become so popular that its largest annual hockey rival can only be the Stanley Cup playoff itself.

Another intriguing aspect of this tournament is watching the handful of yet undrafted prospects, usually underage participants in their 17-year-old seasons, playing with the big boys in what is predominantly a 19-year-old event. This is intriguing not only to the NHL executives and scouts in attendance but also the media looking for a feel good story. Continue reading



Draft eligibles set to make mark on WJC

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like the a few of the top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft get to show off their wears at the premier junior tournament in the world, the IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2011 event looked to be exceptional when the preliminary rosters were announced as more than the normal quantity of draft eligibles looked to suit up in their repective countries colours and battle for Gold.

After more than a few high profile draft eligibles were cut from their squads during their respective pre-tournament camps we can be thankful that there are still a stellar group to watch although not anywere near what it could have been.

Three potential top selections in Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish forward with grit and offensive skill; Adam Larsson, the big Swedish two-way defenseman and Canadian two-way forward Sean Couturier will headline the 2011 NHL draft eligible participants. Continue reading



2011 NHL Entry Draft at a glance

From Dan Stewart, Future Considerations

With Taylor vs. Tyler discussed – ad nauseam, and finally settled; and the summer gone and the new season in full swing, we can again turn focus to the next crop of talented future NHLers as they look to impress scouts and NHL executives in countless hockey arenas around the globe.

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft was initially labeled a weak draft as recently as two years ago, fueled by a perceived lack of talent entering the Canadian Hockey League. It isn’t the case two years later, though, as less than spectacular midget aged prospects are rounding into form and correcting some weaknesses heading into their draft years. Continue reading