Top Bruin Prospects 1-5

By Bob Willwerth

1 ANDY HILBERT, FORWARD

Bos. Bruins GP 14 G 0 A 3 PTS 3 PIM 7

Pro. Bruins GP 64 G 35 A 35 PTS 70 PIM 119

Hilbert had a strong sophomore season as Providence’s leading goal scorer and was third leading point scorer in only 64 games. He averaged 1.09 points per game best for the Baby Bruins. Had he played a full schedule in the AHL, he would have scored 40 goals.

Bruins management converted Hilbert from center to wing, which may make it easier for him to compete for a Boston Bruins roster spot in training camp. He spent time this season concentrating on his two-way game. Hilbert has little to gain by playing in Providence again next season.

2 SHAONE MORRISONN, DEFENSE

Bos. Bruins GP 11 G O A O PTS O PIM 8

Pro. Bruins GP 60 G 5 A 16 PTS 21 PIM 103

Morrisonn had a good rookie season in Providence, but it became apparent that he needs to add weight and strength. With the addition of McGillis and Moran to Boston’s defense, Morrisonn may play another season in Providence and fill out his 6’3 frame. A skilled defenseman with size, he has the potential to become a No. 3 or 4 defenseman with power play capabilities. Morrisonn played in all game situations for Providence this season.

3 MARTIN SAMUELSSON, FORWARD

Bos. Bruins GP 8 G 0 A 1 PTS 1 PIM 2

Pro. Bruins GP 64 G 24 A 15 PTS 39 PIM 34

Samuelsson is another rookie in the AHL who played well in 2002-03. He displayed his excellent skating skills and showed better finishing skill than expected. When called up by Boston, he played a surpising physical game. Samuelsson scored 20 goals in his first 44 games then only 4 in his last 20. Having played shorter schedules in Sweden, he hit the rookie wall, evidence of a lack of conditioning and training. Samuelsson may compete for a position in Boston at training camp but could also use another year in Providence to round his game.

4 ANDREW RAYCROFT GOALIE

Bos. Bruins GP 5 W 2 L 3 T 0 GAA 2.40 SV% .918

Pro. Bruins GP 39 W 23 L 10 T 3 GAA 2.50 SV% .917

Raycroft not only had a fine season for Providence but played solid goal for Boston before straining a groin. His stand up style of goaltending breeds team confidence. When allowing a goal, Raycroft doesn’t get flustered and start flopping around, he maintains his style and makes the next save. Raycroft has the potential become a No. 1 goalie in NHL.

5 SERGEI ZINOVJEV FORWARD

Ak Bars Kazan GP 44 G 13 A 17 PTS 30 PIM 48

Zina had another strong season playing in the Russian Super League. He was Ak Bars fourth leading scorer while also playing for the Russian National Team. His play on the Euro Tour was outstanding. This past season Zina had a lucrative contract with Ak Bars. He may or may not come over this fall.