Future Considerations

FC at the Draft – Matt Puempel – Ottawa Senators
July 6, 2011, 11:59 am
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Senators select Puempel 24th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:21 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

After acquiring the 24th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators quickly selected Peterborough Petes forward Matt Puempel.

Puempel became a wildcard heading into the draft with his inconsistent play and an injury to his hip that forced him to miss the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League season and World Under-18 Championship.

Still, the Peterborough Pete standout is a goal scorer through and through, recording 34 goals in just 55 games this season. The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward shows good creativity and goal scoring hands that deliver a heavy wrister to the net with a lightning quick release. Simply put, Puempel is a player who smells blood in the offensive end.

But where questions have fallen on Puempel lie in his ability to be consistent. The left winger went through bouts of invisibility this season, in both the offensive and defensive zone. That is, when the minus-33 player put effort into the defensive zone.  Continue reading

Bell, Puempel among U18 absentees
April 6, 2011, 6:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

When Canada takes to the ice in Germany to capture their first Under-18 Championship since 2008, they’ll do it without Myles Bell.

Bell, who donned the Canadian jersey at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer, suffered an injury in mid-March that has left him unable patrol Canada’s blueline in just over a week. The Pats defenseman, ranked in the first round for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, didn’t suit up for Regina in the club’s final games of the season after injuring his leg in a March 11th game against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Continue reading

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Will it be Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan-Nugent Hopkins who goes first?

How about Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs?

Sweden’s Adam Larsson or Gabriel Landeskog?

Will the likes of Niagara IceDogs blueliner Dougie Hamilton or rearguard Duncan Siemens fall in a similar fashion to that of Brandon Gormley and Cam Fowler did last year? Who will take a chance on the undersized Rocco Grimaldi? Or Ryan Murphy? Will Ryan Strome’s concussion significantly impact his draft stock? How about Matt Puempel’s season-ending hip surgery? Is this the year Swiss overaged goaltender Benjamin Conz finds an NHL team?
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Top prospects tumbling in 2011 draft rankings

From Dan Stewart:

With every draft year there are those who start strong only to drop down the rankings throughout the year for one reason or another.

A couple of the hardest fallers this season are Kelowna’s Shane McColgan in the WHL and Omaha Lancers power forward Seth Ambroz in the United States Hockey League. 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

FC releases preliminary list for 2011 NHL Entry Draft

From Dan Stewart:

With the QMJHL season already underway and the rest of the hockey world ready to follow suit, the Taylor vs. Tyler debate of yesteryear has been put on the back burner as their careers continue to play out.

Hall and Seguin can now give way this year’s three-way dance involving Dummondville’s Sean Couturier, Swede Adam Larsson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels.

Which will be called to the stage first on draft day? Can someone outside of the ‘big three’ make noise at the top of the list?

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