Future Considerations

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

RNH tops FC’s final draft ranking

From Dan Stewart:

In the race for first, Ryan came out on top.

In the final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins secured Future Considerations’ 1st overall spot.

Ranked no lower than third all season, Nugent-Hopkins never relinquished the top spot in the ranking since wrestling the position away from Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. 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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Zibanejad knocking on top-10 status
April 20, 2011, 10:23 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He’s got one of the hardest names in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to pronounce.

So feel free to just call Mika Zibanejad  a first round pick.

The slick skating sensation has moved swiftly up the draft charts all season and could be the second Swede selected on June 25th in Minnesota, behind top-ranked defenseman Adam Larsson. An honourable mention heading into the season eight months ago, the six-foot-two, 185-pound right-handed centre is now knocking on the door to becoming a top-10 pick. 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

American draft eligibles shine at U18 Five Nations

From Dan Stewart:

Its feeling a lot like tournament season.

And the season has been kicked off by the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. The tournament is a tune-up for draft prospects to show their wares before the IIHF World U18 Championships in April.

Many prospects have used this five day event to improve their draft status in the past and the players participating this year were looking to do the same.

The 2011 round robin tournament attended heavily by scouts and agents matched five strong hockey nations against one another where the best record after the four games is declared the champion. 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