Final Update of Bruin Prospects Ranked 16-20

By Bob Willwerth

16 Zdenek Kutlak Defense

Bos. Bruins GP 5 G 1 A 0 PTS 1 PIM 0

Pro. Bruins GP 68 G 4 A 12 PTS 16 PIM 52

Kutlak had a solid season as a regular defenseman for Providence. He scored a goal for Boston in his five game stay and scored another for Providence in a second round playoff loss to Manitoba. He could play in the NHL as a sixth or seventh defenseman for the right team.

17 Kevin Dalman Defense

Pro. Bruins GP 72 G 2 A 19 PTS 21 PIM 53

The top scoring defenseman in the OHL for the past two seasons, Dalman had a fine rookie season in the AHL. Short on physical prowess but long on skills, Dalman spent some time on the point on the power play. This was a transitional season for Dalman. He had as many points as top prospect Shaone Morrison. Dalman is a couple of seasons away from a serious shot at Boston. Has a long way to go but has intriguing potential.

18 Matti Kaltiainen Goalie

Boston College GP 30 W 18 L 9 T 3 GAA 2.21 SV% 2.21

Kaltiainen had what looked statistically like a good season, but this was deceiving. He played for a strong team at Boston College and had an up and down season. He must correct his habit of going down on high shots. As a microcosm of Kaltiainen’s season, he had a poor game against B.U. in the Hockey East Tournament but played well in the NCAA Tournament.

19 Dmitri Utkin Forward

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl GP 4 G 0 A 1 PTS 1 PIM 0

Utkin is a long term prospect who played four games in the Super League at the beginning of the season. Dmitri was sent to Lokomotiv 1 and did not return to the Super League. He’s a small player with skills.

20 Yan Stastny Forward

Notre Dame GP 39 G 14 A 9 PTS 23 PIM 44

Son of ex-NHL great Peter Stastny, Yan Stastny is a wait and see prospect who has come a long way. The Bruins will leave him in college for the next two seasons and allow him to develop. He’s another skater with good upside and time to raise his game.