Future Considerations


USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading



McColgan restores some shine on lacklustre season
April 19, 2011, 8:28 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

His hockey season is over and done, but Shane McColgan has just started making noise.

Finally.

The once highly touted right winger eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft took one of the more dramatic tumbles down the charts after a lack of offensive progress plagued the five-foot-nine, 160-pound forward. Continue reading



Rask, Scarlett among draft-eligible disappointments
March 22, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

A prospect’s draft season can be a rollercoaster.

Some players respond to the pressures of being scrutinized on nearly every play while others crumble.

There are two sides to the coin. For every player like Ryan Strome, who has shot up the draft charts and into the top-10 due to some impressive play with the Niagara IceDogs, there is a player like Seth Ambroz, who has struggled to deliver on the hype in his draft season.

After an impressive sophomore season with the Omaha Lancers, Ambroz has failed to deliver in his third USHL season. Once considered a top-10 talent for this year’s draft, Ambroz could potentially fall into the third round. Continue reading



The Draft Ranking Fallout

From Dan Stewart:

Talk about busy.

The month of January, with the World Junior Championship rapping up and the CHL Top Prospects game taking centre stage, can be a demanding time for scouting agencies and NHL teams when it comes to re-shuffle their lists and draft rankings based on their most current viewings. Continue reading



Top prospects tumbling in 2011 draft rankings

From Dan Stewart:

With every draft year there are those who start strong only to drop down the rankings throughout the year for one reason or another.

A couple of the hardest fallers this season are Kelowna’s Shane McColgan in the WHL and Omaha Lancers power forward Seth Ambroz in the United States Hockey League. 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



FC releases preliminary list for 2011 NHL Entry Draft

From Dan Stewart:

With the QMJHL season already underway and the rest of the hockey world ready to follow suit, the Taylor vs. Tyler debate of yesteryear has been put on the back burner as their careers continue to play out.

Hall and Seguin can now give way this year’s three-way dance involving Dummondville’s Sean Couturier, Swede Adam Larsson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels.

Which will be called to the stage first on draft day? Can someone outside of the ‘big three’ make noise at the top of the list?

Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin! Continue reading