Future Considerations

Over/Under: Sproul could be 1st round surprise
June 20, 2011, 6:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Over/Under is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Managing editor Aaron Vickers polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Aaron at @VickersFC to participate!:

If Twitter has a sleeper, Ryan Sproul is his name.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman who played Midget AAA last season had an incredible second half to his Ontario Hockey League season, recording 33 points in his last 44 games. Perhaps more impressively, Sproul recorded 10 goals from January onward, second only to the OHL’s Ryan Ellis, who was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player.

Sproul’s sudden outburst has Twitter expecting his name to be called long before the 64th overall pick, where Future Considerations has him slotted in the final ranking of the season. Continue reading

Sproul’s climb an exciting journey
June 18, 2011, 1:24 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

It’s not often that a young Canadian hockey player goes from playing Midget AAA to a highly touted NHL prospect with a year.

Yet Ryan Sproul is on the verge of doing just that, slated to go within the first three rounds of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft come June 24-25 in Minnesota.

One of the top risers in the 2011 NHL Draft Class, Sproul wasn’t even on any scout’s lists at the half way mark. The ascend hasn’t been lost on Sproul. Continue reading

Keep an eye on Abraham on draft day
June 12, 2011, 3:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He’s not the biggest dog in the fight.

But he may still bark just loud enough to wake the neighbours.

Spencer Abraham stands at just five-foot-11, but the Brampton Battalion defenseman made noise in his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 18-year-old finished with 31 points in 67 games, third in rookie scoring among defensemen in the OHL behind Nick Ebert and Ryan Sproul.

Slotted 168th overall in Future Considerations’ final rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, it’s Abraham’s offensive prowess that could make the Campbellville, ON. native a jumper on draft day. 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