B’s have little time to sign Memorial Cup MVP
The time is quickly ticking away for the Boston Bruins to come to terms with Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player and top prospect Kyle Wanvig. The Bruins have until May 31st at midnight to sign Wanvig to a contract before he can re-enter the 2001 NHL entry draft.Wanvig, 6’ 2”, 220-lbs., had 2-4-6 totals in the Memorial Cup en route to being named the Stafford Smythe trophy winner as the tournament’s most valuable player. Both of his goals came on the power play during the championship game against the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL.Kyle, who was drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, had a career season for the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) this past season. In 69 games for the Rebels Wanvig scored 55 goals while adding 46 assists for 101 points while spending 202 minutes in the penalty box.Many say Kyle could potentially skate alongside Joe Thornton on the Bruins second line next season if he signs. This would be great for the Bruins if Wanvig could step right into the NHL on the second line and play like he did this past season in the Western Hockey League. Wanvig is close to the NHL but to put that type of pressure on a rookie isn’t a good recipe for success.While Kyle is an excellent power forward he will definitely not let Boston fans forget about Cam Neely who many say invented the power forward position. The Bruins tried Landon Wilson to help fill Neely’s shoes but didn’t work out and Wilson has since moved onto the Phoenix Coyotes where he has found a regular shift and next up appears to be Wanvig. Wanvig, unlike Wilson, was not as hyped during his draft year. In fact Wanvig the mid-season CSB report had Wanvig rated #19 and their final report had him at #57, a 39 spot drop which is not very good.Wanvig is a decent skater; he won’t win any awards but can keep up with the best of them, and because of his size is tough to knock off the puck. Wanvig has an excellent shot that nets him some goals but most of his goals come from solidifying himself in front of the opposing team’s net and providing offensive pressure.He admired Cam Neely while growing up. Can he help fill the skates of Neely, but not replace him entirely, in Boston sometime in the near future? Everything is pointing to yes, if the Bruins can sign him before May 31st at midnight.