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Going through the 2007 NHL Draft Packet

Friday, 05.25.2007 / 2:04 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Going through the 2007 NHL Draft Packet

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.

As researched by new media relations intern Tom, one particular former Boston Bruin appears repeatedly within the bios of this year's crop of potential National Hockey League superstars from North America.

Despite playing his last game several years before they were even born, Number Four Bobby Orr maintains a special place in the hearts of the young players slated to be picked in the first round of the upcoming NHL Draft to be held in Columbus on June 22 and 23.

Seven of the top 30 prospects (Keaton Ellerby, Sam Gagner, David Perron, Dana Tyrell, Brett MacLean, Thomas Hickey and Brandon Sutter) would love to have dinner with, speak to or wear #4 because of our beloved Mr. Orr.

And it's not just Bobby who has influenced the next generation. Several other Bruins were mentioned in the top players' bios.

Angelo Esposito, the 8th ranked skater according to NHL Central Scouting, would love to meet Phil Esposito -- no relation.

Meanwhile, one player would also like to meet Ray Bourque (Ellerby), two of the youngsters would like to speak to former Bruins coach and broadcasting legend Don Cherry (Tyrell, Hickey) and at least one player patterns his game after Brian Leetch (Jon Blum) who just retired this week.

On top of all of that, and adding to the local angle, three players are from/or play in New England (Perron, Tommy Cross, Max Pacioretty) several of the players will be attending area colleges (James vanRiemsdyk, Cross, Nicholas Petrecki and Colby Cohen) and will potentially participate in the Beanpot or Hockey East Playoffs here at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Finally, two high ranked youngsters surely hope to be picked by their favorite team -- the Boston Bruins (Oscar Moller and Trevor Cann).

In any case, be sure to keep it here for more in-depth draft coverage as the big day approaches.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


Just woke up after attending a late night showing of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

Yes, it's long (although it doesn't seem as long as it really is).

And yes, it might be confusing to those who have not seen the first two installments multiple times, so I would suggest brushing up on the two previous films before venturing out on this journey.

And no, I would not bring any kid who has a tendency toward nightmares -- because the first ten minutes alone will surely give your sensitive child ghastly dreams until the Bruins start playing in September.

With all that being said, the movie is REALLY, really good. It's visually spectacular, adventurously frenetic and ends in a satisfying whirlpool of activity (pun intended) -- just like a good playoff hockey game that ends in overtime.

So, dang the critics, and full speed ahead, me hearties. If you go in expecting a blockbuster summer popcorn flick you will get more than your $10 worth -- that is why it gets four out of four pucks!

And don't forget to stay through the credits! Savvy?

And one more thing...

A heavy load of thanks goes out to Lindsay Daly and Melissa Marchionna for all of their hard work during the past season!




1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47


P. Bergeron 54 21 26 10 47
L. Eriksson 54 17 25 11 42
B. Marchand 49 26 14 14 40
D. Krejci 44 12 28 2 40
R. Spooner 54 11 27 -7 38
Z. Chara 52 7 22 11 29
M. Beleskey 52 8 18 9 26
J. Hayes 52 12 13 -7 25
T. Krug 53 3 21 2 24
B. Connolly 51 7 12 -3 19
T. Rask 20 16 5 .917 2.55
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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