Future Considerations

Carolina’s Rask returned to Hitmen
September 22, 2011, 10:51 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that Victor Rask has been returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

Rask, the club’s second round pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was Calgary’s first pick, third overall in the CHL’s Import Draft.

The six-foot-one, 192-pound Swedish centre  scored five goals and earned 11 points while playing in 37 games with Leksand of Sweden’s second professional division last season.

He also helped Sweden win silver at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, scoring twice and adding three assists. Continue reading

Rask no lock for North America
September 12, 2011, 9:45 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He’s been in camp in Calgary with the WHL’s Hitmen.

He’s skated in Traverse City alongside his fellow Carolina Hurricanes prospects.

But there is still no guarantee Swedish import Victor Rask will play hockey in North America for the upcoming season.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Rask told Mike Morreale of NHL.com. “I like to play in North America, but have to wait and see what happens. Maybe I will, because it’s good hockey here.” Continue reading

Rask reports to Hitmen
August 28, 2011, 11:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Victor Rask has touched down in Calgary.

The Swede, selected third overall in the CHL Import Draft in July, has shown up for training camp with the Calgary Hitmen.

Rask, the 42nd pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was rumoured to be joining the Calgary Hitmen after Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News-Observer he wanted to see Rask rack up big minutes in North America.

“Our understanding is he will play in North America and that he wants to,” Rutherford said. “It’s very important to get him to a place where he plays a lot of minutes. We’d like to see him somewhere playing more than 20 minutes a game.” Continue reading

Gibson, teammates impress at U18’s

From Dan Stewart:

The 2011 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championship finished up recently in Germany with Americans claiming their third consecutive gold after beating Sweden in a thrilling overtime final.

An extremely talented Russian squad finished third after defeating the scrappy Canadian squad in the bronze medal game.

There were a handful of draft eligible prospects that really stood out with game changing performances, enough to boost their draft stock for this upcoming June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Continue reading

Draft eligibles hope for U18 boost
April 12, 2011, 7:11 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

Every year NHL scouts flock to the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in an effort to get one last viewing of some high-end potential draft picks before meeting them face-to-face at the NHL scouting Combine come June.

Those high-end prospects will be counted on to lead their respective squads and in reality only a bad showing could drastically affect their draft rankings.

The 2011 tournament, taking place in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany from April 14 though the 24, has the potential to also help push the stocks of some lesser known prospects up the draft lists of NHL organizations with some breakout preformances. Those prospects will be the key spotlight of this U18 preview post as we look to find those who have the ability to either elevate their draft stock or send it plummeting.  Continue reading

Rask, Scarlett among draft-eligible disappointments
March 22, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

A prospect’s draft season can be a rollercoaster.

Some players respond to the pressures of being scrutinized on nearly every play while others crumble.

There are two sides to the coin. For every player like Ryan Strome, who has shot up the draft charts and into the top-10 due to some impressive play with the Niagara IceDogs, there is a player like Seth Ambroz, who has struggled to deliver on the hype in his draft season.

After an impressive sophomore season with the Omaha Lancers, Ambroz has failed to deliver in his third USHL season. Once considered a top-10 talent for this year’s draft, Ambroz could potentially fall into the third round. Continue reading

Nugent-Hopkins retains top spot in March draft rankings
March 18, 2011, 5:00 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remains the the top-ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Nugent-Hopkins, who topped the 100-point plateau this year with the Red Deer Rebels, has been a mainstay a top Future Considerations’ draft chart in 2011 after wrestling the position from Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Sean Couturier. Continue reading