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FC at the Draft: Mark McNeill – Chicago Blackhawks
July 4, 2011, 7:01 pm
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Hawks take McNeill 18th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Chicago Blackhawks have selected Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill with the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

One of the top two-way centres in the draft, McNeill provides responsible defensive play, good puck protection and the ability to create turnovers in the neutral zone and productive talent in the offensive zone.

McNeill possesses an excellent blend of size, at six-foot-two, 205-pounds, and a skating stride that makes him hard to separate the puck from. Couple that with a strong understanding of his surroundings and commitment to hustle and grit leaves McNeill with the potential of a first-line centre.

The Prince Albert Raiders standout has had his offensive talent questioned, despite scoring 32 goals and 81 points in 70 games this season. That’s mainly because McNeill’s game lacks the flash of a top-line forward. Continue reading

Draft hype doesn’t bother McNeill
June 24, 2011, 6:07 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Forgive Prince Albert Raiders forward Mark McNeill if he hasn’t got caught up in all the hype surrounding the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He’s too busy enjoying it.

Unlike many prospects, the six-foot-one, 205-pound centre hasn’t been kept up late at night worrying about his draft status. In fact, he’s having fun with it. `

“It’s something you really get up for, with a lot of scouts in the stands,” McNeill said. “You like to show yourself.”

That’s just what the Edmonton, AB. native accomplished in Prince Albert this season.

Though he wasn’t able to help guide the Raiders out of the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs, McNeill exceeded everyone’s expectations by finishing with 32 goals and 81 points in 70 games. Not too shabby for a player who went into the season hoping to hit the 60-point plateau. Continue reading

FC Releases 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide

The wait is over!

Though the draft is still a month away, the excitement starts now for Future Considerations. All 209 pages of it!

FC has officially released its 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide!

The Guide features stories on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy, Gabriel Landeskog, Duncan Siemens, Rocco Grimaldi, Mark McNeill and Saint John Sea Dogs’ Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu and more!

But it’s the profiles that have made FC popular since its inception in 2007.

This year, FC delivers in-depth profiles on the top-125 players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and chief scout Dan Stewart ranks the top-200 players hoping to hear their name called on draft day.

But that’s not all.

A list of sleepers and the top overagers re-entering the draft are also analyzed, and Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale of NHL.com go up against FC’s Stewart in its ever popular mock draft.

Those thirsty for a taste of what is coming beyond 2011 will enjoy a glimpse at not only the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – including FC’s Top-60 Preliminary Ranking for 2012, but a look at 2013 is also included.

Don’t want to be left out? Visit Future Considerations now to order your copy of FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide and while you’re there, visit FC’s 2011 Draft Sneak Peak! Continue reading

Murphy, McNeill headline Canada’s U18 Entry
April 6, 2011, 5:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Team Canada’s entry in the World Under-18 Championship will need some ‘MM’agic in its quest for gold in Germany.

That is, ‘M’urphy and ‘M’cNeill.

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy and Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill highlights Canada’s roster, unveiled Thursday. Murphy is Canada’s top-ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is projected to go in the top-10 on draft day. McNeill, who is expected to centre Canada’s top line, is ranked 13thContinue reading

Loaded Lineup Unveiled for FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide
March 19, 2011, 5:30 pm
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The biggest and best is yet to come.

Future Considerations’ digital 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide will be the largest draft offering from Future Considerations.

After widely popular editions for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NHL Entry Drafts, FC is blending its widely popular content with the design team of Kakisvision to bring a content rich interactive experience to the 2011 event.

The guide, currently available for $12.99 as part of a pre-purchase promotion for the month of March, is set to be released in late May-early June. After March, the guide will be available at the regular price of $19.99.

In the pages of FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide, readers will find the following: Continue reading

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (20-11)
February 19, 2011, 5:57 pm
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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