Monday, June 16, 2008

2008 Wrap - Chilliwack

Chilliwack Bruins

Despite having quite a few '90s on the roster, most NHL scouts perceived the Bruins draft crop to be a generally uninteresting lot. I think it's likely they won't have a single name called in Ottawa.

Their best shot at a draft is probably '88 centre Evan Pighin, but even he's a long shot. Goaltender Mark Friesen was easier to see than many other eligible netminders, but I'm not sure he'll be on many lists, if at all. David Robinson looks like he'll be the best junior player out of the lot of first year eligibles, but he would be marginal as a last round pick. Scouts took a close look at the aptly-named Matt Strong and the big-framed Liam Darragh just because of their size, but there probably isn't enough there to warrant even late picks. Other first year eligibles are Randy McNaught, Brayden Metz and Jeff Einhorn.

Looking Ahead to 2009: Ryan Howse and Scott Ramsay will make the Bruins worth seeing next year for scouts, but only Howse has shown much production so far. Ramsay is very raw but has some good ingredients to his game.

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