Future Considerations

Nugent-Hopkins inks deal with Oilers
July 4, 2011, 7:13 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

It took the Edmonton Oilers minutes to announce their selection of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

It only took days later to sign him.

Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini announced Saturday the signing of the Red Deer Rebels standout, a week and a day after making him the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers
June 25, 2011, 1:10 pm
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Patience needed with Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins
June 25, 2011, 10:59 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

As expected, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn’t have to wait too long to hear his name called on draft day.

In fact, he didn’t have to wait at all. As expected, the Edmonton Oilers made Nugent-Hopkins the first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

But he may have to wait a little longer than previous first overall picks to play in the NHL. Continue reading

Oilers take RNH 1st overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Red Deer Rebels first overall to kickstart the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

This marks the second consecutive year the Oilers have drafted first, selecting Taylor Hall with the opening pick in 2010.

Nugent-Hopkins possesses advanced skating and can generate speed with his quick feet in just a few explosive strides. The Burnaby, BC. native has ultra soft hands that are just a part of his game-breaking arsenal. He can take the puck to the net or with his quick release, wire a shot from the outside or draw a defender to him before dishing a seeing-eye pass to an open teammate. Continue reading

RNH at the head of the class
June 24, 2011, 6:22 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

By no means is he the biggest player in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

But he may just be the biggest name.

Touted as a potential first overall pick all season and a mainstay a top Future Considerations’ draft ranking since the turn of the calendar year, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is poised to become the first 1st overall pick from the Western Hockey League since Chris Phillips in 1996. 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

Over/Under: Huberdeau a push at three
June 12, 2011, 4:52 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Over/Under is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Managing editor Aaron Vickers polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Aaron at @VickersFC to participate!

Twitter agrees, Jonathan Huberdeau is a push at three.

According to the Twitterverse, Saint John Sea Dogs standout wont go over or under, but exactly on three to the Florida Panthers.

Second only to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Huberdeau put together an exceptional year that saw him outside of the first round in September. Forty-three goals and 105 regular season points later, Huberdeau skyrocketed into the top-five. Continue reading