Future Considerations

FC at the Draft: Oscar Klefbom – Edmonton Oilers
July 4, 2011, 7:02 pm
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Brodin set to invade Minnesota
June 28, 2011, 10:37 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

The Swedes invaded the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.

And one will be back very soon.

The Minnesota Wild selected Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin 10th overall, the fourth Swede selected in the first 10 picks of the 2011 draft.

“It was a fantastic feeling to be picked by Minnesota in Minnesota,” said Brodin. “[The Wild organization] showed me around the locker room and the arena. They have a very good organization, so I like it.” Continue reading

Oilers take Klefbom 19th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

With their second pick in the first round, 19th overall, the Edmonton Oilers have selected Farjestad defenseman Oscar Klefbom.

Another in an impressive trio of defensemen Sweden has produced for this draft alongside Adam Larsson and Jonas Brodin, Klefbom plays a flashy offensive game that includes a strong willingness to join the rush as a fourth forward.

His offensive instincts are limited to that, though. Klefbom possesses a great vision to either make an intelligent pass or to simply put the puck on net. His soft hands both enable him to carry the puck into the offensive zone with relative ease or to control the powerplay from the back end without worry. 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

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