After scouting both rookie and veteran camps HF editor Bob Willwerth is not surprised by the number of HF prospects who made the Baby Bruins. HF was impressed with the quality of the prospects in both camps.
Goalie: Andrew Raycroft, Andrew will continue his developement and quest for a job in Boston as #1 goalie in Providence. Last year set team records for shutouts, minutes, saves, and games played.
Centers: Andy Hilbert, Chris Paradise, and Kris Vernarsky, it would not surprise this editor if Andy becomes a 70 to 80 point scorer after a 57 point rookie season. The U. of Denver product Chris Paradise is being groomed as a second center and the Bruins hope he will develope as a scorer. Kris graduated from the OHL and is being looked on as big strong checking center.
Left Wings: Jay Henderson and Mike Gellard, Jay is a Tyson Nash type winger who can on occasion be an offensive threat. Mike Gellard sat out all 2001-02 with an illness came to camp and surprised many with very good speed.
Right Wings: Lee Goren, Martin Samuelson, and Pat Leahy, Lee begins his third year with the Baby Bruins and must prove he can score goals as he did at U. of North Dakota. Martin is a superfast rookie who plays the off wing and is here to adapt to the North American game. The former Boston College H.S. all state player and Miami of Ohio graduate Pat was the surprise of the Bruins camp. Pat came in on a tryout basis and made the grade. He has good size and skills but must improve his skating.
Defensemen: Chris Kelleher, Zdenek Kutlak, Shaone Morrisonn, Kevin Dallman, and Peter Metcalf, A veteran AHL offensive defenseman Chris should get the call from the big club. Zdenek has all the skills in the world but must integrate them into game situations. Shaone was the last cut of the Bruins and is a better player at this stage than Nick Boyton. He should become a top 4 defenseman. An offensive defenseman Kevin has shown his offensive flash in camp and now with the Baby Bruins. He scored 2 goals for the Baby Bruins in 2 exhibition games and had an assist in game 1. The former Maine captain and Mass native Peter is continuing to put up points with Providence.
This was the strongest group of prospects I have seen in many seasons at camp. Playing this many rookies and prospects may result in a bad won lost record but will bode well for the future of the Boston Bruins. While the Bruins have taken heat for not signing veteran players they have appeared to strengthen their scouting and signing of young players.