Future Considerations


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: Stefan Noesen – Ottawa Senators
July 4, 2011, 7:05 pm
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Senators take Noesen 21st in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:01 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Ottawa Senators have selected Plymouth Whalers winger Stefan Noesen with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Guide.

The gritty, hard working winger is a tenacious forechecker with a good blend of offensive instinct and sheer determination. Noesen is also very competent in his own end and is especially effective on the penalty kill. Continue reading



USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading