Future Considerations


’12 eligibles steal show at R&D camp
August 20, 2011, 1:41 pm
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From Sean Lafortune:

After a few days at the rink, the NHL’s Research and Development camp served as an excellent opportunity at a first hand look at quite a few of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before the season gets underway.

And what a look!

Although he started off a bit slowly, I was really impressed with how Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba turned it up towards the end of the first day. One, he really stepped up his game and delivered some strong two-way play. I thought his instincts with the puck were great and on the other end, didn’t hesitate to catch a few forwards with his head down. He reminds me a lot of P.K. Subban with a higher upside. Continue reading

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Ceci, Murray at the head of the class
August 10, 2011, 11:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

While a dozen draft eligible defensemen were battling for seven roster spots on Canada’s entry in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, two were focused elsewhere.

Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67s and Everett Silvertips captain Ryan Murray skated alongside the likes of Ryan Johansen, Erik Gudbranson and 2011 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp. Continue reading



Blueliners excited about defense draft depth
August 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.

But when it’s all said and done, it could become the year of the defenseman.

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft appears, at least at this stage, to be huge on the back end. Though there are an impressive 14 defensemen ranked in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the draft, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that many more go in the first 30 picks. Continue reading



FC releases preliminary ranking for 2012
July 9, 2011, 11:19 am
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From Dan Stewart:

With the 2011 draft in the books, the focus for many amateur scouts now turns to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Much like them, Future Considerations is also turning its attention to 2012.

And there are names already turning heads.

The Sarnia Sting’s electric tandem are just two of the talented prospects making names for themselves a year or two before they are eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. Both Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk are set to battle each other for the 2012 throne, while another Russian – Mikhail Grigorenko – will toss his hat into the battle as well. Continue reading



London targetting Import Grigorenko
June 27, 2011, 7:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Canadian Hockey League’s Import Draft is two days away.

But the London Knights have already kickstarted it.

Just two days prior to the Import Draft, the Knights dealt Reid McNeill, their first round Import Draft pick, Mississauga’s 2nd round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft and their own 3rd in 2013 to the Barrie Colts in exchange for the first overall selection in Wednesday’s selection process. Continue reading



Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading



2012 draft impacting picks in Minnesota?
June 14, 2011, 7:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is 370 days away.

But it’s impact can be felt in as little as 11.

With 14 defenseman currently ranked in the first round for the 2012 draft and 24 slotted in the first 60 picks, NHL teams may look beyond 2011 to bolster their blueline. With just nine defenseman with first round potential in 2011, organizations outside of the range of the likes of Adam Larsson and Dougie Hamilton may wait for the opportunity to select Ryan Murray, Nick Ebert, Jacob Truba, Griffin Reinhart or about a dozen other high profile defenseman available in a year’s time. Continue reading