Future Considerations


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

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Matheson’s journey the path less taken
August 2, 2011, 11:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but there’s something distinctly different about defenseman Michael Matheson.

The Pointe-Claire, QC. native didn’t join the Shawinigan Cataractes, who selected him 27th overall in the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. In fact, the No. 1 ranked prospect heading into that draft fell for the same reason he didn’t report to Shawinigan. Continue reading



Boucher Stings Spartans
July 28, 2011, 6:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

College hockey has lost another player to the Canadian Hockey League.

Reid Boucher, who has another year of high school, has de-committed to the Michigan State Spartans in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. The leading goal scorer for the gold medal winning United States at the World Under-18 Championship is expected to join the Sarnia Sting.

The native of Grand Ledge, MI. was expected to head to the United States Hockey League before joining Michigan State in 2012/13. 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



Miller time for Whalers
July 16, 2011, 5:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

JT Miller is bound for Plymouth.

New York Rangers first round pick has reneged on his commitment to the University of North Dakota, instead opting to take his game to the Ontario Hockey League.

The Whalers hold Miller’s rights, who was selected 15th overall in June’s NHL Entry Draft. Whalers’ Stefan Noesen (Ottawa, 21) and Rickard Rickell (Anaheim, 30) were also drafted in the first round this year. Continue reading



FC at the Draft: JT Miller – New York Rangers
July 4, 2011, 6:57 pm
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Miller shocked by Rangers selection
June 28, 2011, 10:58 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Cheers from section 118 filled the Xcel Energy Center after Aaron Boogaard, on behalf of the New York Rangers, announced J.T. Miller’s name as their first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ironically, Miller was not a contributor to the noise as he stood in disbelief that the Rangers had selected him 15th overall.

“I was a little shocked,” Miller said. “I only had one meeting with them so I wasn’t really expecting it. There were other teams that showed a little more interest toward me so it was a little bit of a shock. But to get my name called was breathtaking and the best thing in the world.” Continue reading