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Monday, August 14, 2006

Bruins Draftees Rankings

From TSN, the ranking of the draft day players. Bruins took 2 of the top 30 ranked players in the draft.

TSN: 3
ISS: 5

PHIL KESSEL, C, MinnesotaBorn: 10/2/87 Ht: 6-0 Wt: 189 Shoots: R
From NHL Central Scouting - Is a very fast and quick skater who often surprises opponents with an extra gear...with 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 accurate shot and very quick hands...can go end-to-end and bring the fans to the edge of their seats.
From ISS - He creates so much offense by using his tremendous skating but will need more at the next level. Offensive capabilities were very impressive including a great shot and a quick stick but he stayed on the perimeter in physical games and needs to become more complete as a player. However you can't deny his offensive gifts when you consider he has the highest offensive upside of anyone in this draft.
From TSN - First native of Wisconsin to letter at Minnesota since Kenneth Byerly (hockey) in 1929-30...His father played professional football with Calgary Stampeders in 1982 and was drafted by the NFL's Washington Redskins...Earned the IIHF Directorate Award as the most outstanding forward with a tournament-best 16 points (9-7) in six games at the 2005 World U-18s...Had 5 goals and 12 assists in 14 career World Junior games...Led all NCAA freshman in scoring this year...Below average performance with physical elements at NHL combine and measured 11.1% body fat.

TSN: 26
ISS: 39

YURI ALEXANDROV, D, CherepovetsBorn: 6/24/88 Ht: 6-1 Wt: 172 Shoots: LFrom NHL Central Scouting - A good, solid skater...moves well in all directions...plays a simple, risk-free game...has fine hockey sense and plays his position very well...likes to join the rush and has offensive instincts...has a good attitude - works hard and can play physical.
From ISS - Here at ISS our concern with Alexandrov is his lack of size and toughness...Although we can appreciate what he brings to the table, we just don't see a lot of upside...Is a very good skater in the typical Russian mould of strong edge use and strong legs.
From TSN - Played regularly in Russian senior league - on a team with former NHLers Andrei Kovalenko, Radovan Somik and Igor Grigorenko...Wwas the captain of the 2006 Russian U-18 team, scored three points (1-2) and was a +7 (tied for 3rd best plus/minus in tournament).


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