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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Yuri Alexandrov to attend development camp

Yuri Alexandrov will be attending Bruins development camp which runs from July 6th through July 12th. Alexandrov was the Bruins second round (#37 overall) selection in the 2006 entry draft. The young Russian defenseman, who is listed at 6'1 and 170 pounds, has a shot to make the team this fall. Here is his profile from hockeysfuture.com:

Talent Analysis
Scout 2: A dependable defenseman…shoots left…doesn’t have many weak spots…main area of improvement is his body mass and strength– he is very light…good top speed… skates well backwards …a technically sound skater…a strong leader (1988 born national team’s captain)...aggressive – likes to hit, likes the physical aspect of the game…a capable power play quarterback…dangerous as both a shooter and a passer…shot – not bad, good strong shot…solid first pass out of the zone…controls the puck well, modern two way defenseman…gets ice time in Cherepovets – not much, but consistently gets ice time.

Future
Alexandrov has the potential to develop into a reliable defenseman, capable of quarterbacking the power play. The Bruins were unable to come to terms on a contract with Alexandrov, so it is unclear when, or if he will make is debut in North America. He is expected to play in the RSL for at least one more season in 2008-09.


Alexandrov gives the Bruins another puckmoving option on the backend. His numbers are not very impressive but he does stand a chance to stick as a 6th or 7th defenseman on this team. If one of the veterans (Ward, Ference) are moved look for Alexandrov to get a long look in camp. If Alexandrov doesn't make the Bruins roster, expect him to return to the KHL. Now the question is, will Carl Soderberg ( St. Louis 2004 second round pick, acquired for Hannu Toivonen) be the next to come?

11 Comments:

Anonymous James said...

I hear this guy is suppose to be considered a "top prospect". Hopefully hes good.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

with boychuk, mcquaid and alexandrov as options as new d-man, does anybody else feel comfortable getting rid of ward and ference. i feel like we have the young players ready to step in for them.

especially since ference is often injured and i think ward would have some good value on the market, especially to a young team trying to build, he could be a leader, like the kings?

11:12 AM  
Anonymous b1478 said...

at 6'1" and 170 lbs he is pretty light even for a puck moving D

4:03 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

heatley will be a bruin by this weekend

5:03 PM  
Blogger willisss said...

leave. shit. alone.

if we can have this same exact team next season ( i know its a far shot) then i'll be happy. none of this heatly shit.

if you want to talk defence buy outs then fill their spots with what we already have. our depth is amazing. bringing up provi guys on 2 way contracts save so much cap room that we could sign our top guys no problem.

why does everyone want ward gone? his age? having a vet in the back is never a bad thing. now ferrence on the other hand....i can do without. that gives hunwick ( who, if kept, will be amazing next year) a full time spot. i think we should keep hnidy around also. montador can go screw.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

williss whats wrong with montador?

6:52 PM  
Blogger willisss said...

dude....really?

11:43 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

No Heatley. His salary would handcuff the Bruins for too many years with Chara making 7.5 as well.

We have some young talent that would look better playing in black and gold then playing in Ottawa so Heatley can play in Beantown.

Things to consider....

Trade Sturm (3.5) or Ference (1.4) for picks or prospects to make cap space.

Re-sign Kessel (4 mil per year), Bitz (750k), Hunwick (900k - 1mil), Boychuk (600k), St. Pierre (550k), Hnidy (775k) and Recchi (1.2m)

Sign another goaltender to either play in Providence (if Rask is Thomas' backup) or to back up Thomas. Boucher (700k), Clemmensen (600k), Tellqvist (700k), or ??

Lines would then be....

Lucic- Savard- Kessel
Kobasew- Bergeron- Recchi
Wheeler - Krejci - Ryder
Bitz - Sobotka - Thornton

Chara - Stuart
Ward - Hunwick
Wideman - Hnidy

Thomas
Rask

Bruins would still have Boychuk, St. Pierre and other youngsters coming up.

I liked the team we had. Add some experience to Wheeler, Lucic, Hunwick, Bitz and Sobotka and that would be just as good as adding another player, but better since it would not disrupt chemistry. Recchi, Ward, Chara, Savard and Thornton would provide the leadership.

Sorry... just my thoughts.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boychuk and st pierre are ufas. theyre gone. teams short on players would be better fits for players hoping to make a team that isnt as solid as this one.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

I would not give up on Boychuk or St. Pierre. Boychuk could slide in if Hnidy was not signed. And St. Pierre could fit in for Sobotka as well. They are both too young and too talented to give up on and let someone else sign them. Not to mention, PC traded for both.

I agree 100% with what you are saying regarding other teams... I just would not pass on them.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

theyre gone. other teams have the same chance to sign them that the bruins have. they are both unrestricted free agents. theyre almost zero chance theyll be back.

3:16 PM  

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