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

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Hurricanes ink Murphy
September 16, 2011, 7:14 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Ryan Murphy, their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford announced the club signed Murphy, selected 12th overall in June.

“Ryan is a gifted offensive defenseman,” Rutherford said. “He skates extremely well and is dynamic with the puck. He put up very impressive numbers as a 17 year old in the OHL, and he’s put himself in a position to push for a spot on the NHL level.”

The five-foot-11, 176-pound blueliner finished second in scoring among defensemen in the Ontario Hockey League with 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games. He is the second consecutive Kitchener Ranger to be drafted in the first round by the Carolina Hurricanes after the team selected Jeff Skinner, the NHL’s reigning Calder Trophy winner, in 2010.  Continue reading



Avs ink top two from 2011
July 28, 2011, 5:43 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche made a big splash on June 25th after selecting both Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The club made more waves by signing the duo to entry level deals Thursday.

“We are pleased to have both Gabriel and Duncan under contract,” Colorado general manager and executive V.P. Greg Sherman said in a team released statement. “We look forward to them participating in their first training camp this fall.”

Regarded as the most NHL-ready player in the draft, the six-foot-one, 205-pound Landeskog is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Avalanche this season. The left winger, selected second overall, scored 36 goals and 66 points in 53 games last season with the Kitchener Rangers. Continue reading



Draftees quick to ink up
July 18, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.

Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading



FC at the Draft: Mika Zibanejad – Ottawa Senators
June 25, 2011, 7:04 pm
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Senators select Zibanejad 6th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Ottawa Senators select Mika Zibanejad sixth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Perhaps the most intriguing forward after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau, Zibanejad plays a powerful game in all three zones, throwing thunderous checks, bringing high energy and winning battles along the boards. He’s not dynamic offensively, but can power his way to the net with a six-foot-two, 190-pound frame. Needless to say, he doesn’t get bullied off the puck very often with his blend of size, aggressiveness and passion. Continue reading



Draft Dilemma: Euros on Day 1

From Andrew Weiss:

Draft Dilemma is a daily feature on Future Considerations leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. FC’s Andrew Weiss polls his Twitter followers on if a prospect will go before or after a particular pick. Follow Andrew at @WeissFC to participate!:

If @SeriousFan09 is able to predict the future, the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will set a post-lockout draft record. Whether or not he will be correct with his prediction of 11 European born players taken in Friday’s first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is debatable, the European born talent in this year’s crop is not.

@SeriousFan09 was so confident in his prediction that he hinted which team Alexander Khokhlachev would be selected by. Continue reading