Future Considerations

2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

Oleksiak connected to Canada
August 7, 2011, 5:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Home is where the heart is.

For Jamie Oleksiak, Canada is home.

The six-foot-seven, 240-pound defenseman with both Canadian and American citizenship made that clear when he announced his intentions to skate in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp a week ago.

The Toronto, ON. native made headlines when it was rumoured he would accept an invitation from Hockey Canada, declining USA Hockey’s offer in the process.

While he didn’t take the decision lightly, Oleksiak explained why his heart was in representing Canada. Continue reading

Strome the newest piece to the Long Island puzzle
June 26, 2011, 11:20 am
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From Brian Huddle:

Meet Ryan Strome; the newest piece of the puzzle on Long Island.

Coming into June 24th as Future Consideration’s eighth ranked prospect, Strome was on top of the world as he awaited the decision on his immediate future. A stunning 106 point season with the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs had assured the Mississauga, ON. native a spot within the draft’s top 10. Though he wouldn’t last as long, with Garth Snow and the New York Islanders quickly snatching him up fifth overall. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Ryan Strome – New York Islanders
June 25, 2011, 4:12 pm
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Islanders take Strome fifth overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:54 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The New York Islanders have selected Ryan Strome fifth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Strome possesses elite offensive talent who can create his own scoring chance each time the puck ends up on his stick. Not unlike Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau, Strome possesses elite vision and very quick hands that make him a dangerous force in the opposition’s end. Strome’s acceleration is just another tool he possesses to make opposing defenders look silly. An accurate shot with a quick release compliment his offensive package.  Continue reading

Impressions left on players, teams at the combine
June 7, 2011, 10:39 am
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From Brian Huddle:

One week.

That’s all the time they had to make those final lasting impressions on each NHL organization, as the top 102 prospects came together in Toronto for the NHL Combine.

When a draft is as wide open as it’s been described as this season, the Combine takes on a bit more importance for teams looking to add talent to their team. So little separates many of these NHL hopefuls, but most of them are quite aware how they can make or break their chances with a team based on a simple handshake or a bad interview. Continue reading

Huberdeau among CHLers in KHL draft
May 29, 2011, 8:48 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jonathan Huberdeau has been drafted fifth.

Just not in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and not in Minnesota.

Russian club Vityaz Chekhov made the Saint John Sea Dogs standout the fifth overall pick in the KHL Junior Draft Saturday.

The pick shouldn’t discourage any NHL clubs from taking the St Jerome, PQ native. Huberdeau doesn’t expect to report to Russia anytime soon. Continue reading