Future Considerations


USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading



FC has successful first round of NHL Entry Draft
June 25, 2010, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Europe, NCAA, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

In a difficult draft to project, Future Considerations excelled.

Future Considerations correctly identified 24 of the 30 first round picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including projecting four players in their exact position, including Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Derek Forbort and Austin Watson.

The draft was especially difficult to project given the depth of the draft. The draft was widely identified as one with interchangeable players between the 20th and 40th selections.

It went decidedly beyond that.

Joey Hishon (17th overall to Colorado), Kevin Hayes (24th to Chicago) and Mark Visentin (27th to Phoenix) were all considered off the board picks. Continue reading