Future Considerations

Draft Dilemma: Goalies in the top-30
June 22, 2011, 9:35 am
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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!:

Last year saw Jack Campbell go 11th overall and Mark Visentin go 27th.

The 2009 draft saw no goaltenders selected while in 2008 Chet Pickard and Thomas McCollum went in the first round.

The trend continues of the alternating goaltender-less first round and goaltenders going in the first round in the ‘07 and ‘06 drafts as well. Continue reading

Surprises in St. Paul
June 6, 2011, 10:53 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Kirill Kabanov falling to late in the third round.

The Carolina Hurricanes selected Jeff Skinner seventh overall.

Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley falling to 12th and 13th respectively.

These were just four of many examples of surprises at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. With the unpredictable nature of the event, we’re sure to see many more in Minnesota later this June.

So what can hockey fans expect at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft?

The unexpected. With a wide open field and a class that boasts prospects ranked so close in nature, anything can and presumably will happen. Continue reading

Perhonen’s U18 struggles raise questions
May 1, 2011, 1:50 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Heading into the World Under-18 Championship, he was the 2011 NHL Entry Draft’s top-ranked European goaltender.

But Germany left more questions than answers for Finnish product Samu Perhonen.

Ranked 31st overall by Future Considerations heading into the tournament, Perhonen’s struggles have many scouts, including FC’s Dan Stewart, second guessing the six-foot-three netminder. Continue reading

American draft eligibles shine at U18 Five Nations

From Dan Stewart:

Its feeling a lot like tournament season.

And the season has been kicked off by the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. The tournament is a tune-up for draft prospects to show their wares before the IIHF World U18 Championships in April.

Many prospects have used this five day event to improve their draft status in the past and the players participating this year were looking to do the same.

The 2011 round robin tournament attended heavily by scouts and agents matched five strong hockey nations against one another where the best record after the four games is declared the champion. Continue reading