Future Considerations


Canucks sign top prospect
September 23, 2011, 8:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Nicklas Jensen has made an impression on his new bosses.

Jensen, selected 29th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been signed to an entry-level contract by the Vancouver Canucks after recording two points in his preseason debut Thursday. Continue reading

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Carolina’s Rask returned to Hitmen
September 22, 2011, 10:51 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that Victor Rask has been returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

Rask, the club’s second round pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was Calgary’s first pick, third overall in the CHL’s Import Draft.

The six-foot-one, 192-pound Swedish centre  scored five goals and earned 11 points while playing in 37 games with Leksand of Sweden’s second professional division last season.

He also helped Sweden win silver at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, scoring twice and adding three assists. 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



Marcantuoni putting many miles on draft journey
August 19, 2011, 10:55 pm
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, OHL | Tags: , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

From Calgary to Breclav to Toronto, it’s been a well-traveled start to Matia Marcantuoni’s draft journey.

The Kitchener Rangers forward was successful in his bid to join Hockey Canada’s entry into the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic. Days after returning home with a gold medal, the Toronto, ON. native headed to the NHL’s Research and Development Camp as one of 36 draft eligible invitees. Continue reading



Matheson’s journey the path less taken
August 2, 2011, 11:27 pm
Filed under: NCAA, QMJHL, USHL | Tags: , , , , ,

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



Gibson de-committs to Michigan
July 27, 2011, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Kings, NCAA, NHL, OHL, USHL | Tags: , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

For the second time in as many years, the University of Michigan has lost a premier netminder.

A season after losing Jack Campbell to the Windsor Spitfires, Michigan has lost Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound goaltender selected 39th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will join the Kitchener Rangers.

“John Gibson has decided not to attend the University of Michigan or to play college hockey,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said in a school press release.

A member of the United States National Team Development Program, Gibson went 9-4-3 with a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in USHL action. Internationally, Gibson helped Team USA to gold at the 2011 World U-18 Championship, earning the directorate award as the tournament’s top goaltender. Continue reading