Quarterly updates on HF prospects 6-10

By Bob Willwerth

Andrew Raycroft , the 22 year old former OHL MVP is having another solid year with the Providence Bruins . Andrew was splitting playing time with Tim Thomas . Recently , Andrew has taken control of the #1 spot . His statistics are : 19 gp. 2.81gaa .908 sv% , and 9-7-2 wlt . For Andrew to become a NHL regular he must be more than solid , he must carry the team for a period of time as John Grahame did in the Providence Bruins championship season .

Sergei Zinovjev , the 22 year old c/w from Russia has not played the first quarter of the season . Sergei is not injured but has spent the season in the Russian courts . The intrigue began when Sergei signed a contract with Ak Bars Kazan while he was still under contract to Spartak . Sergei claimed his contract with Spartak was nullified when Spartak did not offer him an apartment in Moscow that was part of his contract . Spartak took Sergei to court and the judge sent Sergei back to Spartak and fined Ak Bars Kazan . Sergei appealed on the basis that the apartment was outside of Moscow . The appeal was won by Sergei and he was assigned to Ak Bars Kazan . Sergei will finally start playing shortly but for such a young player to miss playing time on a contract technicality does not bode well for his Boston Bruin future .

Milan Jucina , the 19 year old defenseman is making his mark in junior . Milan has been named to the Slovakian World Junior team . He had a fine training camp . The huge defenseman is picking up his offensive game with statistics of : 24 gp 9 g 7 a 16 pts and 51 pim . Milan has a future in the Bruins organization .

Brett Nowak , the 21 year old c/w is having a good year for Havard U. Brett had a solid training camp . His statistics are : 12 gp 7g 10 a 17 pts and 37 pim . This is the kind of production the Bruins expected from the former prep all star when they drafted him .

Jan Kubista , the young 18 year old wing is playing for Paradubice in the Czech Jr. Extraleague . Jan has been named to the Czech World Junior team . Jan had a good training camp . His statistics are : 21 gp 9 g 4 a 13 pts and 32 pim . Hopefully , Jan will break out scoring wise . He is a highly skilled player .