Outside of Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins have not had much to show for their efforts at the draft table under General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Jordan Caron is the only other player drafted by Chiarelli with more than a dozen NHL games played, and even he has not cemented himself a place in Boston's lineup yet. However there is reason for optimism, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is one of the best prospects in the world and the Bruins have one of the deepest and most talented stable of goaltending prospects in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins significantly improved their depth in goal this spring with the addition of 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban and free agent signee Niklas Svedberg. The addition of the two talented netminders gives Boston five goalies in their Top 20, more than any other team in the league. Dougie Hamilton continues his reign as Boston's best prospect, but the newly drafted Subban has supplanted Ryan Spooner as the number two prospect in the organization.
Tommy Cross, a defenseman at Westminster High School in Simsbury, Connecticut, tested early in the morning of the second day of the NHL Combine’s fitness challenges. With good balance, agility, and vertical results, Cross excelled at the extremely difficult windgate bike test.
The 6’3, 195 lbs blueliner was ranked 12th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s final ratings, and had been invited to join the United States NTDP, but decided to return home to Connecticut for high school. This past season, he played 25 games with Westminster, recorded 20 points, with 20 PIM. He also participated in the U18 WJCs this past April, and registered one assist in seven games at the tournament (4 PIM, +2).
Cross’ demeanor and test results at the Combine did nothing to hurt the possibility that he will be a first-round selection later this month. In total, Cross had 28 interviews scheduled over the 48-hour period during which he was in attendance at the Toronto Combine.
HF spoke to Cross immediately after he completed the fitness portion of the event.
TC: I feel great, in fact, this is fun. You can’t beat it, being around all the guys, and having people watching. I’ve watched the NFL Combine on TV before, so it’s really cool to actually be at a Combine. The testing is tough but it’s all part of the business.