Bruins 2002 Draft Preview: 2nd Edition

By Shane Walsh

There’s a lot to be said about adversary. For the Bruins to miss the post season in two
consecutive years and be able to turn around and finish second overall says so much about
overcoming obstacles. Unfortunately on June 22 and 23, finishing second overall doesn’t
have its advantages. The Bruins will be picking second to last in each round beginning
with the 29th overall selection in round 1.

The crop of players available for the 2002 draft class are considered weak by scouting standards.
For the Bruins to be able to find a player that will step right into the mix with the 29th
selection is virtually impossible. In fact, it is highly unlikely that whomever the Bruins
select will see the colors of black and gold for at least 3 years if at all.

With that in mind, it is expected that after the top 5 selections are made, the draft will be
completely wide open. With weaker crops such as these, teams are more suspect to taking chances
on players that they feel may not be available in later rounds. Take for instance the 1996 Entry
Draft. Derek Morris of the Calgary Flames was slated to be a 3rd round selection. The Flames
didn’t want to take any chances and nabbed him 13th overall. In all likelihood the 2002 draft
should take similar fashion.

The Bruins traded away their 3rd round pick to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Winger Marty
McInnis. At the trade deadline, Mike O’Connell traded away the Bruins 6th round pick to the
Florida Panthers for Defenseman Jeff Norton. The Bruins may also lose a late round pick to the
Dallas Stars as part of the future considerations for acquiring the services of Benoit Hogue
earlier in the season. The Bruins do pickup the Phoenix Coyotes 5th round pick for tough guy
Andrei Nazarov.

Just when we thought Swedish Defenseman Daniel Fernholm’s hockey future was in danger, the
enormous rearguard made a stellar comeback with Djurgården’s junior team. He remains the
biggest wild card in the 2002 draft and was considered an early top 10 pick before falling to
injuries.

Here is a look at 6 potential candidates for the Bruins to select at the 29th slot:

Name: Daniel Fernholm
Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220 lbs
Birthdate: 1983-12-20
Hometown: Djurgarden, Sweden
Season    Team              GP G   A  Pts  Pim
2001-02  Djurgården (J-20)  8  6  13  19   N/A
Name: Rob Globke
Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200 lbs
Birthdate: 1982-10-24
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Central Scouting Bureau Report
A powerful skater with great acceleration... possesses natural scoring instincts... has an
accurate shot with a quick release... has good puck-handling and passing skills... very
effective on the power play and has the ability to make the big play... very good in one-on-one
situations... has a good physical presence on the ice... has the ability to dominate and control
the play when he takes advantage of his physical strength and size.
Season    Team                    GP   G   A  Pts  Pim
2001-02  U. of Notre Dame (NCAA)  29  11  11   22   73
Name: Barry Tallackson
Position: LW
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190 lbs
Birthdate: 1983-04-14
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn
Central Scouting Bureau Report
Barry is a very strong skater with good speed and mobility for a player his size … has a hard
wrist shot with a quick release and good scoring instincts … a tough player who is very
effective in the corners and in front of the net … a power forward who drives hard to the net
… a punishing body checker … is used in power play and penalty killing situations … needs to
improve his consistency.
Season   Team             GP   G   A  Pts  Pim
2001-02 Minnesota (NCAA)  37  12   6   18   36
Name: Keith Ballard
Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195 lbs
Birthdate: 1982-11-26
Hometown: Baudette, Minn
Central Scouting Bureau Report
A well-balanced and agile skater with good speed … has strong puck-handling skills and likes to
join the offensive attack … an excellent passer who sees the ice very well … has a good quick
wrist shot and a heavy slap shot from the point … a gritty player and authoritative body checker
… a tough competitor who plays an aggressive game … is very effective on the special teams
… a very reliable player who is used in crucial situations … good at blocking shots and will
sacrifice himself to make the play.
Season   Team            GP   G   A  Pts  Pim
2001-02 Minnesota(NCAA)  34   6  12   18   28
Name: Johnny Boychuk
Position: D
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205 lbs
Birthdate: 1984-01-19
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Central Scouting Bureau Report
A good passer who effectively sets up the breakout … likes to pinch from the blue line … an
offensive defenseman who likes to join the attack … a competitive player and an authoritative
body checker … will play the body in all areas of the ice, particularly when opponents are
cutting through the neutral zone … is strong in front of the net and in the corners.
Season   Team          GP   G   A Pts  Pim
2001-02  Calgary (WHL) 70   8  32  40   85
Name: Sergei Anshakov
Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs
Birthdate: 1984-01-13
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Central Scouting Bureau Report
An excellent powerful skater with a good change of pace... a confident player with strong
puck-handling skills... is very effective in the offensive zone... takes advantage of his
impressive size and strength, dominating the play along the boards and in the corners... is
very difficult to move when in front of the net... an intense and motivated player... a good
competitor.
Season   Team          GP  G   A  Pts  Pim
2001-02  HC CSKA (RUS) 39  17 12  29   10

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