Future Considerations


’12 eligibles open eyes at Ivan Hlinka

From Dan Stewart:

The scouting season is upon us.

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is the first big event of the scouting season and generally is the ‘welcome back’ point for the scouting community after a month’s vacation from hockey rinks.

It also represents the ‘gentleman start your engines’ moment for the 30 NHL teams in the 10 month race to see as much of these potential prospects before next June when teams have to make that difficult decisions on whom to select at the NHL Entry Draft proceedings. Continue reading



Blueliners excited about defense draft depth
August 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.

But when it’s all said and done, it could become the year of the defenseman.

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft appears, at least at this stage, to be huge on the back end. Though there are an impressive 14 defensemen ranked in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the draft, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that many more go in the first 30 picks. Continue reading



Reinhart a draft veteran
August 1, 2011, 3:02 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

You’ll have to forgive Griffin Reinhart if the NHL Entry Draft seems routine to him.

He’s already lived it twice.

At the age of 16, the North Vancouver, BC. native watched his older brother Max be selected 64th overall by the Calgary Flames at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. This year in Minnesota, Reinhart witnessed four Edmonton Oil Kings teammates be selected in June. Continue reading



2012 draft impacting picks in Minnesota?
June 14, 2011, 7:08 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is 370 days away.

But it’s impact can be felt in as little as 11.

With 14 defenseman currently ranked in the first round for the 2012 draft and 24 slotted in the first 60 picks, NHL teams may look beyond 2011 to bolster their blueline. With just nine defenseman with first round potential in 2011, organizations outside of the range of the likes of Adam Larsson and Dougie Hamilton may wait for the opportunity to select Ryan Murray, Nick Ebert, Jacob Truba, Griffin Reinhart or about a dozen other high profile defenseman available in a year’s time. 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



2012, 2013 draft crop shines at U17

By Dan Stewart:

With the IIHF World Junior Championship taking most of the media limelight over the holidays the other big holiday hockey tournament that draws the majority of the attention from NHL scouts during that time, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, also wrapped up in Winnipeg, MB. Continue reading