Bruins Quarter Season Prospect Update

by Michael Karlstrom

Sometimes a progress report for a quarter season of development doesn’t really mean much, but sometimes it can be very interesting. With that in mind here is a brief rundown on the Bruins most important prospects.

1) Nicholas Boynton
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From the Editor: News and Notes

by Mark Fischel

To start off, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our regular readers who visit us regularly, some even several times a day. One thing that I keep noticing is that this site has quite a family atmosphere with several hundred of you making your presence felt on the HFBoards site, comments on the articles, or in letters to our staff.

Our goal for Hockey’s Future is to provide a place for hockey fans of every level to come and get the hard-to-find information on their favorite prospects, teams, and leagues. For the most part, we feel that we have been successful in giving you more information than ever before on your favorite subjects, but we don’t intend to stop there.

Coming on Nov 28th will be our 2002 Draft Preview, which will have roughly 25 profiles and pictures on the top prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Compiled by Jake Dole with the assistance of several of the league editors, this preview will take on a different look and feel from what we have usually done, so I welcome any feedback. With the publishing of the “2002 Draft Preview” will also be important news regarding the 2002 Draft Center’s launch dates. One thing is for sure, this years edition will be the most comprehensive one we have done yet.

Also being added over the next few weeks will be all-new polls on the team and league pages. Several of the teams (Florida, Rangers, Islanders, St. Louis, Anaheim,) have already been updated, and if your favorite team’s poll hasn’t been updated, send a letter to the Editor to remind them to get to me the new polls!

But the most Read more»

Who Really is Tom Poti?

by Lain Babcock

Saturday night, in his own zone, Tom Poti had the puck, dangerously close to the Oilers net with guys in the wrong uniform all about. Poti pushed the puck up, as if offering it to the opposition, saying “you know, if you try one more time, I bet you can beat Salo”. I came to this site, to post some well worded attack on him, but decided all it would do is cause pro-Poti reactions or “I hear ya” responses.

So, I’ve spent the last two days or so going through NHL history, looking for a clue as to how this story is going to turn out. I asked myself this question:

Who, in the last 30 years, most resembles Tom Poti in both potential and in frustration? How did his career turn out? Did they move him to forward? Did they trade him? Did they hang him? Did they run over him with a large tank? Did they yell at him? Did they protect him? Was he a fan favourite?

I looked long and hard, and came up with three nominees, all of whom played 20 years ago. This works well because we can see how their careers turned out. I’ll mention them in reverse order:

3. Ron Greschner: From Goodsoil, SK, he played in the WHL with New Westminster, and once drafted spent 7 games in the AHL before coming up to the New York Rangers. There’s a long standing rumour that NYR GM Emile Francis spread a rumour that Greschner had a bad injury, which dropped his stock. Have no idea if it’s true. Anyway, Greschner scored 8-37-45 as a rookie, with almost 100 minutes in penalties. This was 74-75, so I’d guess a few of those PIM were of the five minute variety; when posted next to Poti’s rooki Read more»

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