Future Considerations


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



Scheifele, Prince making draft noise
March 25, 2011, 2:10 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

Call them the unexpecteds.

They are the ones who nine months ago weren’t exactly raising the roof.

With their play now, they’ve in the very least started to make scouts wonder just how high their ceiling actually is. Continue reading



Prince hit nets 10 game suspension
March 16, 2011, 7:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Make it 10.

A day after the Western Hockey League suspended Kamloops Blazers sniper Brendan Ranford six games for abusing an official, the Ontario Hockey League handed down a 10 bout ban to Tim Billingsley of the Niagara IceDogs for his hit on Ottawa 67s forward Shane Prince March 11th.

Billingsley wasn’t penalized on the play. 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



The Draft Ranking Fallout

From Dan Stewart:

Talk about busy.

The month of January, with the World Junior Championship rapping up and the CHL Top Prospects game taking centre stage, can be a demanding time for scouting agencies and NHL teams when it comes to re-shuffle their lists and draft rankings based on their most current viewings. Continue reading