Future Considerations

Namestnikov re-uKnighted by Lightning
September 22, 2011, 7:44 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

The Tampa Lightning announced that Vladislav Namestnikov has been assigned to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League Thursday.

Namestnikov was Tampa’s first round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota. He was selected 27th overall by the Lightning and was also chosen 20th overall in the 2010 CHL Import Draft by London. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Vladimir Namestnikov – Tampa Bay Lightning
July 6, 2011, 12:02 pm
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Lightning nab Namestnikov at 27 in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:43 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have nabbed London Knights forward Vladimir Namestnikov with the 27th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Namestnikov combines his shifty, fleet footed skating ability with a set of soft hands and a plethora of tricks to dip from, making him one of the draft’s most dynamic talents. A playmaker at heart, Namestnikov loves to dish the puck to an open teammate but will not hesitate to put the puck on net, as his 30 goals in 68 games with the London Knights will attest to.

While cutting through the middle has typically been something a young Russian prospect has been known to shy away from, Namestnikov shows no fear in invading any part of the ice despite weighing just 165-pounds. Continue reading

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

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 set to make mark on WJC

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like the a few of the top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft get to show off their wears at the premier junior tournament in the world, the IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2011 event looked to be exceptional when the preliminary rosters were announced as more than the normal quantity of draft eligibles looked to suit up in their repective countries colours and battle for Gold.

After more than a few high profile draft eligibles were cut from their squads during their respective pre-tournament camps we can be thankful that there are still a stellar group to watch although not anywere near what it could have been.

Three potential top selections in Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish forward with grit and offensive skill; Adam Larsson, the big Swedish two-way defenseman and Canadian two-way forward Sean Couturier will headline the 2011 NHL draft eligible participants. Continue reading

2011 NHL Entry Draft at a glance

From Dan Stewart, Future Considerations

With Taylor vs. Tyler discussed – ad nauseam, and finally settled; and the summer gone and the new season in full swing, we can again turn focus to the next crop of talented future NHLers as they look to impress scouts and NHL executives in countless hockey arenas around the globe.

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft was initially labeled a weak draft as recently as two years ago, fueled by a perceived lack of talent entering the Canadian Hockey League. It isn’t the case two years later, though, as less than spectacular midget aged prospects are rounding into form and correcting some weaknesses heading into their draft years. Continue reading