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Notes, Quotes and Thoughts from the Draft, Day 2

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Boston's 2007 Entry Draft Selections

Here's the last word from the GM.
 Peter Chiarelli Post-Draft Interview  

Time to regroup. More to come in just a bit.

A little more on Jordan:

Jordan Knackstedt

Jordan Knackstedt is a 6’2”, 195 lbs. right-winger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is an 18 year-old power forward who was ranked 98th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau.

Knackstedt 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 2006-07 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.

With their last selection (#189) the Bruins picked Jordan Knackstedt.

The WHL website describes Jordan, thusly:

Moose Jaw Warriors
Number: 19

Pos.: RW
Shoots: R
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
Birthdate: 1988-09-28
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

Hannah and Big T have found some more info on Radim:

Radim Ostrcil

Radim Ostrcil is an 18 year-old defenseman from Vsetin, Czech Republic. He stands at six feet and 194 pounds. He was ranked 18th among European skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau. They coined Ostrcil as “a playmaking defenseman who sees the ice well and can carry the puck out of danger.  He is well positioned and effective on the power play, and he has good passing abilities with a good, quick wrist shot.”

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.

Mr. Reul introduces himself to North American hockey and says hello to family and friends back in Germany.
 Denis Reul Interview  

Some more info on Mr. Goulet:

Alain Goulet

Alain Goulet is an 18 year-old from Kapuskasing, Ontario. This defenseman stands at 6 feet, 1 ½ inches and 186 pounds. The 18-year old was ranked 190th by the Central Scouting Bureau.

Goulet 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.

Goulet plans to attend University of Nebraska-Omaha this fall.

The Bruins have added Radim Ostrcil with the 169th selection. He is a 6'0 defenseman from Vsetin, Czech Republic.

The New York Islanders took Blake Kessel, Phil's brother, at 166.

The Aurora Tiger's website says:

Alain Goulet

Position Defense
Height 6' 3"
Weight 195
Born 9/22/1988
Home Town Kapuskasing
Year 1988
A raw talent that has tremendous upside would be the best way to describe Alain who hails from very far North (Kapuskasing), but comes to the Tigers via the Ottawa Jr. A Senators of the CJAHL.

Cool, calm and collected, heady, good passer, big shot, and great hands are some the adjectives used to describe the lanky defenseman...

The Bruins selected defenseman Alain Goulet from Aurora of OPJHL. I am efforting some more info...

We just grabbed an extra pick in this round. The Bruins will pick at #'s 159 and 169.

Stay tuned.

Denis Reul on video:

A Denis Reul bio, thanks to our crack interns, Hannah and Tom:

Denis Reul is a 6’ 4”, 214 lbs. defenseman from Germany. The soon-to-be 18 year-old was the 16th ranked European skater by the Central Scouting Bureau. They tagged his as “a physical, playmaking defenseman who has the ability to make the big hit and uses his size to his advantage. He has good containment and an excellent reach, as well as good mobility and a solid shot from the point.”

Reul just completed his first season with Heilbronn Falcons of Germany’s 3rd Upper League. He recorded one assist in 16 regular season games with the Falcons. Reul also competed for Team Germany at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.

Denis Reul (130th Overall Pick)
Scouting Video: 300K | 700K
Podcast: Denis Reul Interview
12:24 p.m.
With the 130th pick Boston has selected Denis Reul, a defenseman, from Heilbronn, Germany. More on Denis to come...

Boston Bruins Promotions Manager, Brian Hayes, writes in to tell me that last night's draft party at Jillian's was quite the shin dig. Said Brian:

Thanks to the Bruins Marketing Department, we had close to 200 people show up! They all went nuts when Cam walked up with Peter and again when Peter welcomed everyone from Boston who was watching.

It was just a really good time. Tim Thomas and Mark Mowers were on hand with NESN's Hazel Mae and were fantastic.

Thanks to everyone who went!

Mr. Cross in action...

Tommy Cross was kind enough to give a few more minutes of his time.
Tommy Cross Interview  

Here is an interview with B's Director of Amateur scouting, Scott Bradley. It was taped just before Boston chose Tommy Cross.
 Scott Bradley Interview  
Tommy Cross (35th Overall Pick)
Scouting Video: 300K | 700K
Podcast: Tommy Cross Interview

So, you are a Bruins fan, you live and go to school in Connecticut and you are going to Boston College in a year.

What's next?

Well, why not get picked by the Boston Bruins after they trade up to get you, that's what.

Bruins nation, you are going to love Tommy Cross.

The big D-man is well-spoken, polite and is a fantastic prospect.

A quick bio:

Tommy Cross is a 6’3”, 195 lbs. defenseman from Simsbury, Connecticut.

The 17 year-old was the 12th ranked North American prospect by the Central Scouting Bureau. They coined him as a “stay-at-home defenseman with good lateral mobility and quickness.

He skates the puck quickly into open areas to expand his passing options and has a strong shot from the point and is effective running a power-play. Cross can be physical in the defensive zone and in front-net coverage.”

Cross just completed his first season with Westminster Prep in Connecticut where he posted 20 points for eight goals and 12 assists in 25 games. Cross also played for Team USA in the Under-18 Junior World Cup, winning a silver medal in 2006. He was named Connecticut’s Hockey Player of the Year in 2005-06. Cross will join the ranks of current Bruins players such as Andrew Alberts and Chuck Kobasew when he heads to Boston College in the fall of 2008.
Zach Hamill (8th Overall Pick) Interview: 500K
Media Scrum: 500K
Scouting Video: 300K | 700K
Podcast: Zach Hamill Interview

Boston trades for pick 35 in the second round. They gave up #38 and the Bruins 3rd round pick.

Westminster's Tommy Cross is now in Black & Gold.

As you would imagine, the mood today is much more laid back and the festivities are just about ready to begin. Buffalo has the first pick and their time begins at 10:10.

9:16 a.m.

And we're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Thanks to Chef Kevin Dougherty, the Bruins staff (and yours truly) have enjoyed wonderful breakkie and are ready to go six rounds of pure Entry Draft excitement.
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