Milan Jurcina Surprises Many at the Bruins Camp

By Bob Willwerth

Milan Jurcina, the 19 year old defenseman is from Liptovsky Mikulas Slovakia. Milan came across the pond at 17 years old to play in the QMJHL for the Halifax Moosehead. The Bruins drafted Milan on the eight round of the 2001 entry draft for his size and skill potential. Watching Milan for the first time in training camp one thing is obvious his size. Listed at 6’4″ and 200 he looks even larger.

Milan was a prospect going into rookie camp just on size alone but he became a top 10 prospect with solid play in both rookie and veteran camp. Milan is an evolving skater and was the youngest defenseman in the organization to play the exhibition schedule. The offensive side of his game is starting to flourish. In his second year with the Moosehead Milan scored 4 goals and had 16 helpers. While playing in his first pro exhibition game Milan had 2 assist and came close to scoring a goal on a scrum at the top of the crease. This is new found confidence for the previously unknown defenseman. After the game coach Ftorek stated in the Boston Globe “He did fine. He’s got to learn the game a little bit more. He did a real nice job for his first game in the NHL. He’s very similar to where Shaone Morrisonn was last year. He’s a big kid with a lot of skills. He’s going to learn and he wants to learn.”

This years camp will aid Milan for the 2003 camp when he will vie for 1 of the 6 or 7 defensive positions available on the Boston Bruins roster. When Milan puts all of his game together the will have a late round steal. Milan will return to the Halifax Moosehead for his last season where he will hone and develope the skills necessary to make the big time.