Future Considerations


Draft Dilemma: Euros on Day 1

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!:

If @SeriousFan09 is able to predict the future, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will set a post-lockout draft record. Whether or not he will be correct with his prediction of 11 European born players taken in Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is debatable, the European born talent in this year’s crop is not.

@SeriousFan09 was so confident in his prediction that he hinted which team Alexander Khokhlachev would be selected by. 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



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



Draft eligibles put forth mixed performance in Buffalo

From Dan Stewart:

Every year the IIHF World Junior Championship gives NHL fans a preview of some of the world’s best young drafted hockey players who will likely one day be playing in the NHL.

It is also a time for NHL team personnel to get together and not only take stock in their prized prospects but also share in a gala event that has become so popular that its largest annual hockey rival can only be the Stanley Cup playoff itself.

Another intriguing aspect of this tournament is watching the handful of yet undrafted prospects, usually underage participants in their 17-year-old seasons, playing with the big boys in what is predominantly a 19-year-old event. This is intriguing not only to the NHL executives and scouts in attendance but also the media looking for a feel good story. Continue reading



Draft eligibles set to make mark on WJC

From Dan Stewart:

Every year it seems like the a few of the top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft get to show off their wears at the premier junior tournament in the world, the IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2011 event looked to be exceptional when the preliminary rosters were announced as more than the normal quantity of draft eligibles looked to suit up in their repective countries colours and battle for Gold.

After more than a few high profile draft eligibles were cut from their squads during their respective pre-tournament camps we can be thankful that there are still a stellar group to watch although not anywere near what it could have been.

Three potential top selections in Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish forward with grit and offensive skill; Adam Larsson, the big Swedish two-way defenseman and Canadian two-way forward Sean Couturier will headline the 2011 NHL draft eligible participants. Continue reading