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Bruins draft picks

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Here is an inside look at what the Central Scouting Report had to say on the Bruins 2006 NHL Entry Draft selections.


No. 5
U. of Minnesota • WCHA
6’ 0”, 189 lbs. Center, shoots right
Born: October 2, 1987 in Madison, Wisconsin
Final Ranking: 5 • Mid-Term Ranking: 2 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: Is a very fast and quick skater who often surprises opponents with an extra gear … with outstanding breakaway speed, he can carry the puck and separate himself from pursuers in an instant and can turn an opponent inside out one-on-one … has a heavy and accurate shot and very quick hands when releasing his wrist shot at top speed … can beat a goaltender many ways and is an excellent passer and play-maker who can find his man in traffic or open ice with ease … has the ability to go end-to-end and bring the fans to the edge of their seats … is excellent on the power play and a threat to score when killing penalties … is good on face-offs and capable of using his offensive instincts to determine the outcome of a game … he wants the puck when the game is on the line and while not overly physical he does not shy away from the corners and along the boards … protects the puck well with his body and has strong pursuit of the puck … has become more reliable in his defensive play this season … became USA Hockey’s National Team development program all-time leader in career goals with 104 and points with 180 in 2004-05 season … has played on two U.S. World Junior Teams and in 2005-06 was selected the rookie of the year in the WCHA and was selected to the all-rookie team while playing for the U. of Minnesota.

Personal Profile: Nickname is Thrill … favorite NHL player is Colorado’s Joe Sakic … wears #26 because #8 is retired … says that his parents have had the greatest influence on his career because “they have taken me to all of my hockey events when I was younger” … most memorable hockey game played was the U-18 game vs. Czech Republic … favorite TV show is Friends … favorite movies are Rounders and Boondock Saints … favorite musician is Tim McGraw.


No. 37
Cherepovets • Russia
6’0”, 185 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: June 24, 1988 in Cherepovets, Russia
Final Ranking: 4 • Mid-Term Ranking: 5 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A solid, good skater ... moves well in all directions ... a steady player who likes to play a simple, risk-free game ... has fine hockey sense – plays his position very well ... has a good shot from the blueline ... likes to join the offensive rush and does have some offensive instincts ... a fair passer – gets the puck out quickly from the defensive zone ... has a good understanding of the game, smart ... difficult to beat one-on-one ... has a good attitude – works hard and can play physical ... a very good work ethic ... needs to improve his first step quickness ... played regular with Cherepovets in the Russian league in 2005-06 ... a key player and captain of Russian Under-18 team.

No. 50
Vancouver • WHL
6’ 2”, 204 lbs. Left Wing, shoots left
Born: June 7, 1988 in Vancouver, British Colombia
Final Ranking: 58 • Mid-Term Ranking: 53 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: Has average acceleration but good north to south speed ... straight line skater and runs over anything in his way ... has good balance and hard to knock off of puck ... protects the puck with good body positioning ... handles the puck adequately for a big forward and surprisingly good hockey sense ... knows where to go and what lanes to fill in ... played his way on to 3rd and 2nd lines this year ... used on power-play for effective screen in front of goal ... plays his position well and has good discipline ... very consistent – competes every single game every shift ... effective forechecker with punishing clean hits ... tremendous work ethic ... backchecks and has strong board play in own defensive zone ... leads by example through his hard work ... important to his team – has improved tremendously since start of season ... signed as a free agent by Vancouver.


No. 71
Moncton • QMJHL
5’ 9”, 183 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: May 11, 1988 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Final Ranking: 80 • Mid-Term Ranking: 88 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: Is a very good skater and is strong on his skates for a small player ... uses his quickness and speed to pull away from defenders on the rush ...carries the puck with confidence and moves it quickly to open wingers ...uses his low level of gravity to dig puck out of corners ...possesses a good scoring touch ... has a good shot and uses it often from all angles ... used on the power-play ... a gritty competitor, gets his nose dirty – agitator type, full of energy which can be a distraction to the other team ... very aware of defensive responsibilities and understands his own end ... battles hard in the corners and along the boards for loose pucks ... Moncton’s second round selection in the 2004-05 QMJHL Draft, 24th overall ... a member of Team Atlantic for the 2004 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.


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No. 128
Halifax • QMJHL
5’ 10”, 172 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: July 11, 1988 in Drumheller, Alberta
Final Ranking: 72 • Mid-Term Ranking: 71 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: Is a very good skater both forward and backward ... is strong on his skates, with quickness and speed ... possesses
good hands and can pass the puck both ways ... can skate the puck out of own zone and go end-to-end ... has good anticipation which allows him to break plays up at the blue line ... has good hockey sense ... used on the power-play, shoots the puck hard from the point ... also kills penalties ... a strong competitor, game in game out ... a reliable defender in one-on-one situations ... with his size, he has excellent leverage when taking the man out, which he does effectively ... persistent when battling for loose pucks in defensive zone ... brings a consistent work ethic to every game ... also uses poke-check smartly, while not getting beat doing so ... plays against the opposition’s top lines ... Moncton’s 5th round selection in the 2004-05 QMJHL draft, 74th overall ... selected by St. John in the expansion draft, then traded to Halifax ... played for Team Quebec in the 2005 CHL – Russia Challenge and was a member of Team Atlantic for the 2004 Under 17 World Hockey Challenge ... also a member of Team Canada for the 2005 Under-18 Junior World Cup.


No. 158
Swift Current • WHL
5’11”, 167 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: April 28, 1988 in Calgary, Alberta
Final Ranking: 136 • North American Skater


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