Quarterly Update on Bruin Prospects 11-15

By Bob Willwerth

Matt Herr , the 26 year old free agent signed with the Boston Bruins after leaving the Florida Panthers . Matt had a solid camp and was one of the last cuts to Providence . He was recalled by the Bruins played lw rather than his natural center position . Matt’s stats. are : 29gp , 15g , 14a , 29pts , 67pim and +2 . There is a place for Matt in the NHL . He has been the leading scorer for the Providence Bruins since the season began .

Lee Goren , the 25 year old U. of North Dakota product is coming on . Lee was a top goal scorer in college , however , Lee failed to show this skill for 2 seasons with the Providence Bruins . He is starting to realize his potential . Lee’s stats. are : 29gp , 10g , 16a , 26pts , 44pim and -4 . Lee has been called up for several games and scored 2 power play goals . He has been playing tough which is important for someone who is 6’3″ .

Jay Henderson , the 24 year old spent last year on ir with a knee operation to correct knee cap tracking . Jay was one of the last cuts of the Bruins . The Bruins like his aggressiveness . Jay’s stats are : 29gp , 5g , 10a , 15pts , 130pim and +3 . While Jay has been aggressive his production must improve for him to crack a NHL roster . He does have some intangibles .

Hannu Toivonen , the #1 2002 entry draft choice is playing in the FEL for HPK . Hannu was not chosen as backup for WJT but the Finn was chosen as an alternate .

Zdenek Kutlak , the 22 year old Czech Import is making progress . Zdenek has been taking a regular turn with the Providence Bruins as he did last season . He plays solid defense and possesses good skating skills . Zdenek’s stats are : 27gp , 1g , 5a , 6pts , 24 pim and +3 . Zdenek has a chance to become a NHLer with more experience .