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B's Select Five Players in the Second Day of the 2007 Draft

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Denis Reul (130th Overall Pick)

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The Boston Bruins selected defenseman Tommy Cross, defenseman Denis Reul, defenseman Alain Goulet, defenseman Radim Ostrcil and right-winger Jordan Knackstedt in the second day of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, held today at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

The Bruins opened their day by acquiring the 35th overall selection in the draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for the 38th and 69th picks.

With the 35th selection, the Bruins acquired Cross, a native of Simsbury, Connecticut, who stands 6'3", 195 pounds. The 17-year old defenseman recently completed his first season with Westminster Prep School in Connecticut where he posted 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in 25 games.

Cross also played for Team USA in the Under-18 Junior World Cup and won a silver medal in 2006. He was named Connecticut's Hockey Player of the Year in 2005-2006.

Cross has committed to Boston College and will matriculate there in the fall of 2008.

With the 130th pick the Bruins selected Reul. A 6'4", 214 pound defenseman from Bayern, Germany, the soon-to-be 18-year old recently completed his first season with the Heilbronn Falcons of Germany's 3rd Upper League. He recorded one assist in 16 regular season games with the Falcons.

Reul competed for Team Germany at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.

Goulet, selected by the Bruins with the 160th pick, is from Kapuskasing, Ontario. An 18-year old defenseman, he stands at 6'1" inches and 186 pounds and spent last season with the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. In 43 games, he notched 10 goals and 32 assists for a total of 42 points. He was ranked second amongst defensemen in scoring last season in the OPJHL and plans to attend University of Nebraska-Omaha this fall.

The Bruins exercised a trade with Colorado to acquire the 169th pick of the draft, sending their sixth round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to the Avalanche (the pick was originally Calgary's). The Bruins then used the 169th selection to pick Ostrcil, an 18-year old defenseman from Vsetin, Czech Republic.

Standing at 6' and 194 pounds, Ostrcil spent the last two seasons in the HC Vsetin system of the Extraliga in his native Czech Republic. Last season, Ostrcil played 25 games with Vsetin Jr., where he notched eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, and also played 37 games with Vsetin, where he posted two points with a goal and an assist each.

With their final pick of the day, the Bruins selected Knackstedt with the 189th overall selection. A 6'2" 195 pound right-winger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Knackstedt is an 18-year old power forward who spent three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League before being traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors half way through his 2006-2007 campaign. While with the Warriors, Knackstedt played in 39 games scoring 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points. In his WHL career, he has posted 99 points in 196 games with 36 goals and 63 assists.
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