Another solid week of responses, so I will keep it going. This weeks topic is your top 3 Bruins draft "oops"
1) Johnathan Aitken- 8th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft
Played all of 3 games with the big club, had a 41 game cup of coffee in the NHL with Chicago in 03-04.
2) Evgeni Ryabchikov- 21st overall in the 1994 NHL Draft
Played 0, that's right 0 games with the big club, and 0 games in the NHL for that matter.
3) Dmitri Kvartalnov- 16th overall in the 1992 NHL Draft
Had 1 good season with the Bruins in his rookie season, where he scored 72 points in 73 games. He played only 39 games for the big club the following season and was never seen or heard from again.
Lets hear who makes your list!..........
I decided since S.O.C already gave you a season preview, that I would put an interesting spin on mine. So I ran my preview through my Xbox 360 NHL 10! This includes the roster as is currently constituted. No Phil Kessel, add Morris and Begin. I did not make any trades during the course of the season.
- I have Johnny Boychuk making the big club and staying up for the season.
-The Bruins finish with a record of 49-23-10, good for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference behind Washington.
- The Bruins come out of the gate pretty slow going 12-10 in the first 22 games. But they really coast at the mid point of the season, going undefeated in January and losing only 4 games before the end of February.
- At the close of the season Marco Sturm and Michael Ryder are your leading goal scorers with 33 and 42 goals respectively. Marc Savard records a 110 point season, 72 of the coming by way of the assist. David Krejci is your +/- leader with an astonishing + 32. Tim Thomas goes 38-15-5 with a 2.78 GAA during a real trying season of a lot of bumps and bruises for him.
- The Bruins get to the Conference Finals where they run into a fiesty Pittsburgh Penguin team. The series goes to Pittsburgh in 6 games, it was a very hard fought series as 3 of the games went to OT.
- Zdeno Chara repeats as the Norris Trophy winner.
- Mark Recchi retires at the end of the season.
Sounds like a good season to me, except for the bounce by Pittsburgh. Lets hope Sturm, Ryder and Savard put up those kinds of numbers!