Mid Season Update of Bruin Prospects 11-15

By Bob Willwerth

Lee Goren

Pro. Bruins GP 39 G 17 A 18 PTS 35 PIM 63

Bos. Bruins GP 7 G 2 A 1 PTS 3 PIM O

Lee’s game is progressing . He is scoring with some frequency and is playing with an edge on the AHL level. His second quarter has been good and this is by far his best year as a pro . Recalled by the Bruins Lee like most young players has his ups and downs but has been showing some of the scoring potential he displayed on the college level . One thing the young players should remember is to make every shift count as ice time is limited in games . On the NHL level the Bruins want him to be more physical utilizing his 6-3 body .

Brett Novak

U. Of Harvard GP 18 G 8 A 14 PTS 22 PIM 43

Solid prospect who is having his second straight strong season . Brett is averaging over a point a game . He is in a battle with Dom Moore , N.Y. Ranger prospect , for team scoring lead . This editor will see Brett play in the Bean Pot Tornament . If Brett finishes strong the Bruins may try and sign him to a contract . He would be able to play some games for Providence .

Jan Kubista

HC Pardubice GP 7 G 1 A 1 PTS 2 PIM 0

HC Paradubice Jr. GP 21 G 9 A 4 PTS 13 PIM 32

Jan is progressing in the secong quarter . Didn’t play in WJC but will have another chance next year . The Czech Tank was called up to the Czech pro league at 18 is quite an accomplishment .

Hannu Toivonen

HPK SM LIIGA GP 14 W 8 L 1 T 5 GAA 2.43

As stated in a previous update Hannu was not named to the WJC team . This is the only minus to a good quarter and season . Another prospect who is progessing nicely . Hannu is playing for 1st place HPK in the SM Liiga which is the top league . He has taken over the #1 goaltending position and was once riding an 11 game unbeaten streak . He also will have another chance next year to play in the WJC .

Zdenek Kutlak

Pro. Bruins GP 43 G 3 A 10 PTS 13 PIM 34

Taking a regular turn for the Providence Bruins and is playing solidly . Still is a prospect because of his skills which are good but must get more aggressive and physical . Good positionally Zdenek is a +9 and has the skill to play on the power play . Zdenek has the potential to play in the NHL but that may happen with another team .