Boston Bruin Final Prospect Update 6-10

By Bob Willwerth


Bos. Bruins GP 14 G 2 A 1 PTS 3 PIM 7

Pro. Bruins GP 65 G 32 A 37 PTS 69 PIM 106

Started the season more of a suspect than prospect but became a true prospect again . Rose up the prospect list faster and further than any other prospect this season . Scored more than a point a game and scored more goals this season than in his first 2 professional seasons combined . Lee has size and a scoring touch . His skating has improved . He may becoming the player the Bruins envisioned when he graduated from UND . The only player on the prospect list who played for Boston in the playoffs . Lee is the prospect of quarter .


HPK SM LIIGA GP 24 W 16 A 2 T 4 GAA 2.26 SV% .911

Hannu may be the best first round draft choice since Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsanov . He has more POTENTIAL than any other prospect on the HF list . Only 19 years old Hannu played for HPK in Finland’s top league SM LIIGA . He will get his chance to play in the WJC next season . Originally thought to be a 4 to 5 year project but could be just another year or 2 away from playing in North America . Down the road may be the No. 1 goalie Boston wants and needs .


Leksand SEL GP 21 G 0 A 0 PTS 0 PIM 12

Mr. Enigma , Lars attended Boston’s training camp and impressed . He returned to Sweden and was placed in the SEL 2 league . Lars injured his knee but recovered and finally found a spot with Leksand of SEL 1 . Playing with authority Lars became a regular defenseman permanently in the SEL . After having a fine camp with Boston this editor expected Lars to carry that play back to SEL 1 not in the SEL 2 .

Boston expected to sign Lars to a contract with an outside chance of playing in Boston in 2003/04 but more likely with Providence . Guess what ? Lars won’t be here next year . He just extended his contract with Leksand for the 2003/4 season . Does Lars really want to play in the NHL ?


Bos. Bruins GP 41 G 6 A 11 PTS 17 PIM 30

Pro. Bruins GP 30 G 10 A 15 PTS 25 PIM 42

Still a prospect and has skills to play in the NHL . Ivan had an excellent training camp and was the team’s leading goal scorer during the exhibition season . Playing left wing on the second line with the absence of Sergei Samsanov , Ivan began the season playing well but as the season wore on Ivan’s play fell off . Ivan eventually was sent to Providence where he played ok but never got hot . May have fallen in the eyes of Bruin management .


Halifax Moosehead QMJHL GP 51 G 15 A 13 PTS 28 PIM 102

The big defenseman had a very good season excluding minor injuries . The Slovakian was named to his National WJC team and was named defenseman of the week in the QMJHL . Milan had an excellent camp in Boston and carried his play to the Moosehead . A defensive defenseman Milan scored 15 goals for the Moosehead . His offensive game is starting to grow . May spend a season in Providence but should be a 3 to 6 defenseman in the NHL .