The way the Philadelphia Flyers came back down three games to zero against the Boston Bruins in their Conference Semi-Finals series was a huge blow to the hearts of all Bruins fans.
However it appears that there is still much excitement surrounding the Bruins. I am sure the second overall pick and the Bruins seemingly bright looking future has much do to with their fans not dwelling on a history making collapse in the post season.
The Bruins were the second best defensive team in the league allowing only 2.33 goals against per game. The New Jersey Devils were first with 2.26 goals against per game. They were also 30th in the league in goals with 2.39 goals scored per game.
Let’s take a look at some other team statistics that allowed the Bruins to make the playoffs while scoring the least goals per game in the league. They were second in face-off wins at 52.6 percent on the season. The penalty kill was third in the NHL with the Bruins not allowing a goal on 86.4 percent of their penalties.
The Boston Bruins are one of the better-stocked teams in the NHL in terms of prospects. Hockeysfuture.com ranked them at No. 10 in their organization rankings of April 20, 2010. They are noted to be deep in prospect talent at the centre ice position and they have good depth on defense. However the lack of scoring talent outside their top prospects is a cause for some concern, especially when you look at the scoring numbers for the NHL squad this season.
The Bruins top forward prospect is the 6’5” 190 lb. former first round pick in 2008 Joe Colborne. He is a big player with great vision and passing skills, he also has a good shot but could stand to shoot more. He is a comparable to Joe Thornton, in that he is a fairly soft big player. He should become a top six centre man or winger in the NHL someday.
The Bruins top defense prospect is the 6’1” 174 lb. second round pick from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Yuri Alexandrov. He is an above average skater that plays a physical game on the back end. He is also a capable power play quarterback, with the vision and shooting skills required to be a difference maker. The knock on him currently is that he needs to fill out and add muscle to his frame. When he does that he should turn into a top four defenseman at the NHL level.
The Bruins top goaltending prospect is the 6’3” 185 lb. third round pick from the 2008 Entry Draft, Michael Hutchinson. He is an athletic goaltender with good positioning and excellent anticipation. He thinks the game very well and is able to make accurate reads on plays. He could become a number one goaltender at the NHL level, but is more likely to be an above average back up goaltender that can be number one in a pinch.
Needs for the Bruins in the prospect ranks are left-wingers, top four-defenseman depth, goaltending and scoring wingers and centre men in general. The Bruins will have the second, 15th, 32nd, 45th, 97th, 135th, 165th, and 195th overall selections in this year’s draft. Barring any trades occurring between now and then of course.
Let’s review what players could be available for selection for the Bruins that would help address their organizational needs.
Scouting reports courtesy of NHL.com