Future Considerations

Draft Dilemma: Euros on Day 1

From Andrew Weiss:

Draft Dilemma is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. FC’s Andrew Weiss polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Andrew at @WeissFC to participate!:

If @SeriousFan09 is able to predict the future, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will set a post-lockout draft record. Whether or not he will be correct with his prediction of 11 European born players taken in Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is debatable, the European born talent in this year’s crop is not.

@SeriousFan09 was so confident in his prediction that he hinted which team Alexander Khokhlachev would be selected by. Continue reading

Great strides from draft eligible Oleksiak
March 23, 2011, 8:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

In a  year, a prospect can make great strides.

Or take a poor stride and bring it up to par.

That’s what six-foot-seven, 240-pound defenseman Jamie Oleksiak did.

A late-round possibility at best a year ago with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede,Oleksiak has improved by leaps and bounds in his first year at Northeastern University and is now being mentioned as a possible first round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft this June. Continue reading

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (30-21)
February 17, 2011, 10:43 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

Draft eligibles bring it at Top Prospects Game

By Dan Stewart:

One of the most anticipated events on any NHL scouts schedule has to be the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where it welcomes a who’s who of NHL GM’s, directors of player personnel and scouts all congregated in one place for one game which features a group of mostly future first and second round draft picks in a ‘non’ all-star game type affair. Continue reading

Hits and Misses at the Top Prospects Game
January 20, 2011, 2:34 am
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By Aaron Vickers:

Typically there isn’t much interest in a 7-1 game.

But with 40 of the CHL’s best draft eligibles on the ice for the Top Prospects Game, it wasn’t the score scouts were interested in. Assembled primarily as a scouting exercise, the game allows a glimpse at the top talent available for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June. Continue reading

RNH shines brightest at Top Prospects Game
January 20, 2011, 1:22 am
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By Aaron Vickers:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a message to deliver to those that questioned his draft ranking.

Only the soft spoken Red Deer Rebel forward didn’t do it with words.

Instead, the Burnaby, BC native drove home his message with his performance in Team Orr’s 7-1 victory over Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game. 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