Future Considerations

Scheifele ready for takeoff with Jets
June 25, 2011, 1:42 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Mark Scheifele is now the answer to a trivia question.

The Barrie Colt was selected seventh overall, becoming the first draft pick in new-franchise history for the Winnipeg Jets, making him a strong candidate years down the road to pop up in trivia. Continue reading

Jets draft Scheifele 7th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:11 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Winnipeg Jets have selected Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Much like Mark McNeill, Scheifele is a centre that can contribute in all three zones on the ice. Where Shceifele excels is with his long, powerful skating stride which compliments his six-foot-two, 185-pound frame. 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.

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Emms Award for Nail
April 7, 2011, 7:09 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Hail Nail.

Nail Yakupov was awarded the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie Wednesday, capping off an impressive debut season in which the Sarnia Sting standout recorded 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games this season and be named the league’s rookie of the month on three separate occasions.

Finishing fifth in league scoring and first among rookies, Yakupov becomes just the fifth OHL rookie to break the 100-point plateau, joining David Legwand, Sheldon Keefe and then teammates Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner.

“I am honoured to be named Rookie of the Year in the Ontario Hockey League,” Yakupov told the OHL.  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

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

FC’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft Mock (30-21)
February 17, 2011, 10:43 pm
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From Dan Stewart:

A time honoured tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the NHL Entry Draft is the mock.

While draft rankings are a good way for fans to determine the skill level a specific draft crop has, a draft never goes down like the rankings predict because of variables such as specific team needs, a difference of opinion on a prospects potential and an organization’s draft tendencies which they give significant weight to in making their lists. Continue reading