Future Considerations

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

Hurricanes ink Murphy
September 16, 2011, 7:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Ryan Murphy, their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford announced the club signed Murphy, selected 12th overall in June.

“Ryan is a gifted offensive defenseman,” Rutherford said. “He skates extremely well and is dynamic with the puck. He put up very impressive numbers as a 17 year old in the OHL, and he’s put himself in a position to push for a spot on the NHL level.”

The five-foot-11, 176-pound blueliner finished second in scoring among defensemen in the Ontario Hockey League with 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games. He is the second consecutive Kitchener Ranger to be drafted in the first round by the Carolina Hurricanes after the team selected Jeff Skinner, the NHL’s reigning Calder Trophy winner, in 2010.  Continue reading

Avs ink top two from 2011
July 28, 2011, 5:43 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche made a big splash on June 25th after selecting both Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The club made more waves by signing the duo to entry level deals Thursday.

“We are pleased to have both Gabriel and Duncan under contract,” Colorado general manager and executive V.P. Greg Sherman said in a team released statement. “We look forward to them participating in their first training camp this fall.”

Regarded as the most NHL-ready player in the draft, the six-foot-one, 205-pound Landeskog is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Avalanche this season. The left winger, selected second overall, scored 36 goals and 66 points in 53 games last season with the Kitchener Rangers. Continue reading

Draftees quick to ink up
July 18, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.

Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Adam Larsson – New Jersey Devils
June 25, 2011, 4:10 pm
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Larsson has Devils of a draft
June 25, 2011, 12:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He heard only three names called before his at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but Adam Larsson wanted to be be higher.

The first defenseman taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson hoped to be the first player taken instead.

“I wanted to be number one, Larsson said. “I think all of the guys want that, but after all I was proud. The Draft is just huge for every single hockey player. So I’m just happy to be drafted right now.”

Still, as disappointed as Larsson was to not be the first pick, he wasn’t caught off guard after falling to fourth overall behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau. Continue reading

Devils take Larsson 4th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:47 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The New Jersey Devils have selected Adam Larsson fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The first defenseman taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson possesses a quiet maturity about his game. Using his excellent mobility, strong positioning, active stick and his understanding of how plays develop, the six-foot-three, 205-pound Swedish blueliner could be a candidate to play in the NHL this season.

Larsson isn’t just a smart, mobile defenseman though. His offensive instincts are solid and his puck handling and distribution is elite for his age group. Not afraid to jump into the rush when safe, Larsson can get it done at both ends of the ice. That’s not to confuse his offensive skills with that of Ryan Murphy, though. Larsson isn’t flashy in the offensive zone, but does utilize his instincts effectively. Continue reading