If the Bruins draft history is any indication for the future then Finnish goaltender Hannu Toivonen has less than a 10% chance of being an impact netminder in the NHL. If the Bruins draft history is any indication for the future based on first round draft picks used on goaltenders then Toivonen has a 0% chance of being an impact NHL goalie.
The Boston Bruins are notorious for being a weak team when it comes to picking talent between the pipes. For the Bruins to select Hannu Toivonen with the 29th selection with other talent still available is beyond mind boggling, especially for a team that has selected defensemen in 6 of the last 10 drafts.
Picking NHL caliber defensemen is a niche for the Bruins; it’s an area where they excel. So why did they pass on defensemen such as Kiril Koltsov, Denis Grot, and Trevor Daley?
Because Hannu Toivonen is the real deal!
The Bruins have a bountiful healthy stable of young goalies and adding Toivonen to the herd makes it that much stronger. The native of Kalvola, Finland can best be described as a butterfly goalie with great flexibility. At 6’2”, 190 lbs., he has no problem filling the net. He helped backstop Finland to earn a Bronze medal at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championship in Trnava, Piestany Slovakia. He also played for a very weak team Finland at the 2002 Viking Cup in Camrose, Alberta Canada where he faced 84 shots over 4 games.
Toivonen is a systems goalie; he is not the type of player who can carry an entire team on his back. When the team in front of him plays well, he comes up big when you Read more»
There’s a lot to be said about adversary. For the Bruins to miss the post season in two
consecutive years and be able to turn around and finish second overall says so much about
overcoming obstacles. Unfortunately on June 22 and 23, finishing second overall doesn’t
have its advantages. The Bruins will be picking second to last in each round beginning
with the 29th overall selection in round 1.
The crop of players available for the 2002 draft class are considered weak by scouting standards.
For the Bruins to be able to find a player that will step right into the mix with the 29th
selection is virtually impossible. In fact, it is highly unlikely that whomever the Bruins
select will see the colors of black and gold for at least 3 years if at all.
With that in mind, it is expected that after the top 5 selections are made, the draft will be
completely wide open. With weaker crops such as these, teams are more suspect to taking chances
on players that they feel may not be available in later rounds. Take for instance the 1996 Entry
Draft. Derek Morris of the Calgary Flames was slated to be a 3rd round selection. The Flames
didn’t want to take any chances and nabbed him 13th overall. In all likelihood the 2002 draft
should take similar fashion.
The Bruins traded away their 3rd round pick to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Winger Marty
McInnis. At the trade deadline, Mike O’Connell traded away the Bruins 6th round pick to the
Florida Panthers for Defenseman Jeff Norton. The Bruins may also lose a late round pick to the
Dallas Stars as pa Read more»
The 2002 NHL Entry Draft appears to be the weakest since 1996. There are some players like Jay Bouwmeester, Rick Nash and Kari Lehtonen who will have decent futures in the NHL, but mostly the 2002 draft class is a complete crapshoot; more so this year than in seasons past. It will be interesting to see which players don’t sign and re-enter the draft that could be good potential investments down the road. The Boston Bruins have one possible re-entry; 6’5” Forward Chris Berti of the Erie Otters (OHL). The Bruins will announce their first selection somewhere between 25-30 depending on the outcome of the regular season and the Stanley Cup finals.
The Bruins traded away their 3rd round pick to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Winger Marty McInnis. At the trade deadline, Mike O’Connell traded away the Bruins 6th round pick to the Florida Panthers for Defenseman Jeff Norton. The Bruins may also lose a late round pick to the Dallas Stars as part of the future considerations for acquiring the services of Benoit Hogue earlier in the season. The Bruins do pickup the Phoenix Coyotes 5th round pick as part of the Andrei Nazarov trade and any other compensation picks that have yet to be awarded.
The prime question that needs to be answered is what do the Bruins really need most?
The answer is Centers!
Boston will likely choose the best player available on the board when they make their first selection. It’s anyone’s guess as to who that player could be at this point. With drafts such as these, som Read more»
Welcome To the Second Edition of the Cub Report. In this segment, we’ll look at Bruins prospect Chris Berti.
6'5", 215 lbs.
Left Wing, Shoots Left
Born: Oct 6, 1981 in Scarborough, On
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
61 15 22 37 2 172
The only Canadian born player selected by the Bruins in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Chris Berti missed his first training camp that year due to a torn MCL in his knee. He was traded in January 2001 from the Sarnia Sting to the Erie Otters for Riley Moher. Last fall was his first appearance at training camp. He made a good first impression at the rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario.
A good skater for a behemoth player, Berti is versatile and can play all 3 forward positions. An obstinate hitter and fierce competitor, he will earn his way to the NHL by his intense physical play. A true teammate, he always puts the teams’ needs above his own interests. Some nights he plays like a scorer and other nights he’s a monster on the ice. He needs to simplify his game and focus primarily on physical play. He has the potential to be a legit NHL heavyweight if he realizes his true potential and remains focused. He needs to bulk up his 6’5″ frame.
Hockeysfuture correspondent Ken McKenna caught up with Berti for this exclusive interview.
HF: How do you feel about your progression from the beginning of the season? Do you feel like you’ve improved your game since then?
CB: I think my game has improved a little bit. I’ve gotten more oppo Read more»
Welcome to the first installment of the Cub report, a weekly
look at the North American prospects of the Boston Bruins. In our first
installment, we’re going around the leagues to catch up on the young Bruin cubs.
Jiri Jakes has been hot as
of late. In the last 5 games, the rugged Czech winger has tallied 3 goals, 2
assists, and 14 penalty minutes. The Brandon Wheat Kings are currently tied with the Regina Pats for first place in the WHL’s eastern division heading into the final week of the regular season.
It looks as though the injury bug
has once again bitten Seattle Thunderbird winger Darren McLachlan. The rugged forward appears to be out for the remainder of the season with a
shoulder injury. The second last place Thunderbirds will oppose either the Portland Winter Hawks or Spokane Chiefs in a best-of-seven first round series in the WHL playoffs.
Shaone Morrisonn ended the Kamloops Blazers 0-29 Power play drought,scoring on a 5-on-3 opportunity against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Morrisonn,who
missed action with a concussion after taking a stiff check from Tri-City RW
Scott Kelman back in January, was selected to play in the WHL all-star game but
was replaced by Seattle Thunderbird rearguard Matt Spiller.
Blazers tough guy Colton Orr has yet to return to action after breaking his hand during his first game of the season. The Blazers have lost
four straight games for the first time this season.
University of Denver winger Greg Barber e Read more»