Bruins: Look back on the 2002 Entry Draft

By Bob Willwerth

Reviews and grades of Bruin draft picks last year and a team scouting grade.

Hannu Toivonen: Goaltender, 6’2″, 195
lbs.

Round 1, 29th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA SV%
HPK SM LIIGA 24 16 2 4 2.26 .911

Tiovonen had an excellent season in the Sm Liiga Finland’s top professional
league. He has the makings of a no. 1 goaltender and hopefully a franchise
type that the Bruins have been lacking since Andy Moog. As a 19-year-old
Tiovonen displays all the qualities of a future star. He didn’t participate
in the WJC for Finland as Kari Lethonen may be the best junior goaltender
in the world. Tiovonen, who is still of junior age next season, will get
his chance in the next WJC. A butterfly goaltender in the Patrick Roy mold
may be just a few seasons away from Boston. Boston’s scouting staff deserves
credit for making a gutsy pick that looked like a reach at the time. Grade: A

Vladislav Evseev: Forward, 6’2″, 200 lbs.

Round
2, 56th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
MOS. DYNAMO RUS. SUPER 19 1 1 2 2

A top 10 rated prospect early in his draft year who the Bruins traded
up in the second round to select. Evseev had a serious shoulder injury which
hurt his selection at draft time. Evseev began the 2002-03 season recuperating
from a back injury. After his back injury healed Evseev reported to his junior
team and was productive. Moscow Dynamo called up Evseev mid season and he
played there for the remainder of the season. Only 19 years old Evseev was
playing fourth line in the Super League. A fine accomplishment for a young
player, production may come with more experience. His style is said to be
reminiscent of Alexi Yashin. He has the skill and skating ability to be a
NHL player. Grade: B

Jan Kubista:
Forward, 6’0″, 190 lbs.

Round 4, 130th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
HC PARDUBICE CZECH JR. 31 15 10 25 40
HC HRADEC KRALOVE CZECH EXT. 2 0 0 0 0

Kubista was another prospect who fell below his CSB rating to the Bruins
pick in the fourth round. Originally he was thought to be a late second
or third round pick. Kubista attended Bruin rookie camp and displayed good
skills which included fine stick-handling. Returning to the Czech Jr. League
after rookie camp Kubista produced and at the end of the season was called
up to HC Kradec Kralove. HC Kradec Kralove is in the Czech Extra League, the
top Czech League. One downer was Kubista not being selected to the Czech National
Team for the WJC. Grade: B

Peter Hamerlick: Goaltender,
6’1.5″, 195 lbs.

Round 5, 153th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA SV %
KINGSTON OHL 44 19 19 2 3.47 .901
PRO. BRUINS AHL 1 0 0 1 3.46 .912

Hamerlick attended both Bruin rookie and veteran camp. During camp he was
signed to a professional contract and was sent to Providence. Hamerlick played
one game for Providence and was send  back to the Kingston Jrs. after
Tim Thomas and Andrew Raycroft became the Providence goaltenders. As an overage
junior Hamerlick returned to the team where he had played all of his junior
OHL career. The team has not been very good, however, the upside is Hamerlick
has seen a lot of rubber and his numbers were respectable. Hamerlick will
get his chance to play in Providence next season. Grade B-


Dmitri Utkin:
Forward, 6’0″ 170 lbs.

Round 7, 228th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
LOKO. YAROSLAVL RUS. SUPER 4 0 1 1 0

Utkin was drafted at the request of the Bruin’s Russian scout and some thought
he may have been a value pick late in the entry draft. Utkin started the year
playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League. Utkin seemed
to be over-matched and was returned to his junior team. Utkin participated
in the 5 Nations Tournament in April which is a prelude to the Russian National
Team in the WJC. Skillful and a good skater, Utkin may turn out to be a good value pick
late in the draft. Grade: B

Yan Stastny:Forward,
5’11”, 180 lbs.

Round 8, 259th overall

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
NOTRE DAME CCHA 39 14 9 23 44

Stastny is the son of ex NHL star Peter Stastny and the Bruins took a flyer
on Stastny’s bloodlines. He had a 17 point freshman season with 6 goals and
more than doubled the total in his sophmore season. Stastny has two more years
of college before turning professional. The Bruins have enough time appraise
Stastny’s talent and wether they should sign him. The Bruins feel he is a
late bloomer. Grade: B-

Pavel Frolov: Forward, 6’0″

Round 9, 290th overall      
      

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
ELEMASH RUS. UPPER 22 0 1 1 4

Frolov was drafted for his skating ability. He began the season playing
for CSKA Jr. and was called up to Elemash Elektrostal in the Upper League.
The Upper League is Div.2 in Russia. Frolov skated on the fourth line and
made progress. Another prospect who has late round value.
Grade:
B-

The Bruin scouting organization lead by Director Of Amateur Scouting
Scott Bradley did a fine job in the 2002 entry draft. Even late round picks
have potential and seem to have progressed. Not much more can be asked for.

Team Grade: B