Update of Boston Bruins Prospects 6-10 at Third Quarter Point Of The Season

By Bob Willwerth

GOALTENDER ANDREW RAYCROFT

Pro. Bruins GP 34 W 21 L 9 T 3 GAA 2.57 SV% .916

Bos. Bruins GP 3 W 1 L 2 T 0 GAA 2.35 SV% .918

Andrew is having another solid season for the Providence Bruins . At the start of the season he was the #1 goalie . Upon his return from Boston Andrew has been splitting playing time with Tim Thomas . He played a terrific game against Pittsburgh during his call up to Boston . If the Bruins sign a veteran netminder will Andrew be the backup ?

FORWARD SERGEI ZINOVJEV

Ak Bars Kazan GP 42 G 13 A 17 PTS 30 PIM 42

Euro Tour GP 13 G 5 A 7 PTS 12 PIM 25

Zina would be rated in the top 5 if he were closer to signing with the Bruins . He was the leading scorer for the Russian National Team on the Euro Tour and was an outstanding +8 . Against Nefteklinik in the Russian Super League Zina had a career game with 2 goals and 3 assists . Ak Bars Kazan has given Zina a lucrative contract , his signing with Boston is not inevitable .One of the top players in Russia not playing in the NHL . He is second in team scoring .

GOALTENDER HANNU TOIVONEN

Hpk GP 22 W 15 L 2 T 4 GAA 2.39 SV% .911

Hannu is having a outstanding season for a 19 year old in the SM Liiga which is Finland’s Elite League . Originally I was disappointed Hannu didn’t play in the WJC but he will have another chance next season . He will probably overtake Raycroft during the next 2 seasons . Has the potential to become a #1 NHL top 10 goalie .

FORWARD KRIS VERNARSKY

Pro. Bruins GP 48 G 11 A 13 PTS 24 PIM 35

Bos. Bruins GP 13 G 1 A 0 PTS 1 PIM 2

May not have the upside of other top forwards in the organization . Kris played in several games in Boston and the Bruins seem to like his play . His play filled a role on the third line . Kris has size , skating , and checking ability . Now back in Providence with the return of Bruin regulars Kris can further develope his game .

DEFENSEMAN MILAN JURCINA

Halifax Moosehead GP 42 G 13 A 11 PTS 24 PIM 88

Didn’t play in the WJC as he injured a leg before the tournament . Milan was named defensive player of the week during February in the QMJHL . He had a good camp with the Bruins and is adding offense to his game . Milan is an outstanding +25 for the Moosehead . He is a year or 2 away from being an NHL defenseman . May compete with Shaone Morrisonn in training camp for top defensive prospect and is probably more ready to play in the defensive zone than Lars Jonsson .