Future Considerations

Devils return three, release two
September 24, 2011, 1:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The New Jersey Devils have trimmed their training camp roster to 55, returning three players to junior and releasing two free-agent tryouts.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, defenseman Reece Scarlett and forward Reid Boucher have been released to their major junior clubs. Continue reading


Murphy, McNeill headline Canada’s U18 Entry
April 6, 2011, 5:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Team Canada’s entry in the World Under-18 Championship will need some ‘MM’agic in its quest for gold in Germany.

That is, ‘M’urphy and ‘M’cNeill.

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy and Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill highlights Canada’s roster, unveiled Thursday. Murphy is Canada’s top-ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is projected to go in the top-10 on draft day. McNeill, who is expected to centre Canada’s top line, is ranked 13thContinue 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

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

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?

Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin! Continue reading