After a very disappointing 2000 regular season and 2000 NHL draft the Boston Bruins wanted to rebound and improve during the 2001 NHL season. The team definitely improved as they didn’t finish at the bottom of the league standings. The 2001 Boston Bruins draft was also much improved as they drafted four players that appeared in NHL action.
Despite the improved results many Bruins fans were disappointed and happy at the same time at the conclusion of the 2001 season. Long-time Bruins captain and fan favorite Ray Bourque finally won his first Stanley Cup. Unfortunately for Bruins fans is that Bourque was a member of the Colorado Avalanche when he won the Stanley Cup. The good news for Bruins fans is the 2001 NHL draft was better than the 2000 NHL draft. If you want to check out the 2000 NHL draft was so bad for the Bruins click here.
The first Bruins draft pick was taken with the 19th overall pick. A big left-shot defenseman is what the Bruins got in their first pick, Shaone Morrisonn. Morrisonn is of Croatian and Canadian descent so naturally, he started playing hockey at a young age.
Morrisonn’s rise to becoming a highly touted prospect started by playing for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. In his sophomore and junior campaigns, Morrisonn played in 61 games and exploded by posting 38 points and following that up with 37 points.
The Bruins like what they saw from Morrisonn and decided to draft him. In his first season playing pro hockey he only got in 11 NHL games with the Bruins. He was unable to score during his first taste of pro hockey. He was sent to the Bruins AHL affiliate Providence Bruins. With Providence, Morrisonn played in 60 games and was very productive as he scored five goals and 16 assists.
During the 2003-04 season, Morrisonn was managed to score his first NHL points as he participated in 30 NHL games for the Bruins ultimately scoring one single goal and adding seven assists. He was then sent down to the Bruins once again. He played in 18 games and was not as productive as the previous season. He managed to collect only two assists.
During the middle of the 2003-04 season, Morrisonn was packaged in a trade that brought Sergei Gonchar to the Bruins for a solid 15 games. Following the trade, Morrisonn played three games for the Washington Capitals. He was sent down to the Portland Pirates after the brief three-game stint at the NHL level. In the 13 games with the Pirates, Morrisonn had one goal and four assists. The Pirates made the playoffs and Morrisonn had one assist in seven games.
The following season Morrisonn spent the entire season in the AHL playing for the Pirates. He was able to score four goals and 14 assists in 71 games. Obviously not his best season in the AHL but it was enough for him to earn a full-time spot on the Capitals.
Starting in the 2005-06 season Morrisonn became a full-time member of the Capitals blueline. He continued to be a full-time member of the Capitals defensive core for the next four seasons. He played at least 68 games in each season for the Capitals and always produced at least 10 points each season.
Following his time with the Capitals, Morrisonn took his talents to western New York to play for the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans. In 2010-11 Morrisonn played 62 games for the Sabres and produced one goal and four assists. Unfortunately for Morrisonn, this production was not good enough to earn a spot on the Sabres roster for the 2011-12 season. He played the 2011-12 season for the Americans. He scored four goals and added 11 assists.
Following the less than ideal 2011-12 season, Morrisonn took his talents across the world and decided to suit up for Spartak Moskva of the KHL. Since then he has bounced around various European leagues such as the KHL, Liiga, Asia league, EIHL, and this season he will be playing for the Dubai Mighty Camels of the UAE. The Mighty Camels has to be one of the best names in hockey history.
The next Bruins draft pick didn’t come until the third round. The second Bruins draft pick of the 2001 draft unfortunately never made the NHL. With the 77th pick in the 2001 NHL draft, the Bruins select a forward by the name of Darren McLachlan. The highest level McLachlan ever reached was the AHL. He played 11 games for the Springfield Falcons and scored one goal. McLachlan retired from professional hockey at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.
The first goaltender selected by the Bruins in the 2001 NHL was Matti Kaltiainen. He was selected with the 111th pick in the draft. He was a very interesting prospect as he had some fantastic seasons at Boston College, but he never made it to the NHL. He played four seasons at Boston College and put together some amazing statistical seasons.
As a freshman, the Bruins draft pick played 18 games and had a 2.67 goals-against average with a .901 save percentage. His numbers improved in his sophomore season as he played in 30 games and produced a 2.21 goals-against average. His save percentage improved ever so slightly as it improved to .903. These are very respectable numbers for any goaltender but especially for a college goalie, these are great numbers.
Kaltiainen continued to improve during his upperclassman years. In his junior season, he was named to the NCAA Hockey East second All-Star team. To earn a spot on the second all-star team Kaltiainen put together the best season of his college hockey career to that point. He earned a 1.76 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 38 games. Somehow his numbers improved again in his senior season. Kaltianinen finished his collegiate career by playing 24 games and earning a 1.80 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Although he had a fantastic statistical season the highlight of the campaign was when the Boston College Eagles captured the NCAA championship.
After winning the NCAA championship and graduating from Boston College, Kaltiainen returned home to play in Finland. He played three seasons in Finland and then announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. He was yet another Bruins draft pick to not make the NHL.
The fourth Bruins draft pick was a forward by the name of Jiri Jakes. Jakes was picked with the 147th overall pick in the draft. Jakes started attracting attention from NHL scouts when he was playing in the WHL in the early 2000s. When his time in the WHL ended Jakes returned home to the Czech Republic and played 13 seasons for various teams in the Czech leagues. Unfortunately for Bruins fans, the former Bruins draft pick never brought his skills to the Td Garden ice but he did lead a successful career in Europe.
The 2001 Bruins draft including an absolute steal as they made a fantastic decision when they drafted defenseman, Andrew Alberts, in the sixth round with the 179th draft pick. Alberts found his game with the Boston College Eagles and the Bruins decided to take a chance on him and draft the local prospect.
In his first full pro season, Alberts started in the AHL playing for the Providence Bruins. He was then promoted to the NHL to play with the Bruins. He played 73 games for the Bruins in his rookie season, scoring one goal and added six assists.
Following up his successful rookie season, Alberts played 76 games in his sophomore season and he had 10 assists. The following season Alberts’ role diminished as he only played in 35 games and contributed only two assists.
From that season on the former Bruins draft selection started to bounce around the league. In the 2008-09 season, Alberts suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers. With the Flyers, he played in 79 games and scored one goal, and added 12 assists. His contributions helped get the Flyers into the playoffs. He played in six playoff games for Philadelphia and he one assist during the six playoff games.
During the 2009-10 season, Alberts split the season between the Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks. To start the season he played 62 games for the Hurricanes. With Carolina, he produced two goals and eight assists. The Canucks acquired Alberts and immediately put him into their lineup. To Finish out the season he played 14 games and scored one goal and one assist. For the next four seasons, Alberts suited up for the Canucks. He played about 40 games each season for the club and produced 11 points during his four seasons with the club.
The next Bruins draft pick was a goaltender. Jordan Sigalet was drafted in the seventh round with the 209th overall pick. After completing his college career at Bowling Green University he played one game in the NHL. He faced zero shots so technically he has one career shutout. He made his NHL debut in the 2005-06 season.
Following that season Sigalet played the next three seasons with the Bruins. He always had a goals-against-average of around 2.50 and a save percentage above 90%.
Since retiring from playing professional hockey the former Bruins draft pick has become a goaltending coach. Sigalet coached the Everett Silvertips of the WHL during the 2010-11 season. From the 2011-12 season to the 2013-14 season he was the goaltending coach of the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. After the 2013-14 season, Sigalet was promoted to the NHL and has been the goaltending coach of the Calgary Flames ever since. Also during the 2020-21 season, Sigalet became the director of goaltending for the Flames franchise.
The sixth Bruins draft pick during the 2001 NHL draft did not have a successful NHL career as he probably dreamed of but he has become a very successful goaltending coach for the Flames.
The Bruins draft selection in the eighth-round pick turned out to be quite the journeyman in his career. Milan Jurcina was the selection and he played in 430 NHL games over the course of his seven-season NHL career. After being drafted with the 241st pick of the 2001 NHL draft the defenseman out of Slovakia spent two seasons with the Providence Bruins.
At the start of the 2005-06 season Jurcina played seven games for the Providence Bruins. He was then promoted to the NHL and played 51 games with the Bruins. In his first 51 games in the NHL, Jurcina scored six goals and added five assists for 11 points in his rookie campaign.
The successful rookie season guaranteed him a spot on the Bruins roster for the 2006-07 season. He played 40 games for the Bruins and then was traded to the Capitals in the middle of the season.
The seventh Bruins draft selection of the 2001 NHL draft finished the 2006-07 season with the Capitals. He played 30 games for Washington and was produced points for them. He contributed by scoring two goals and assisting on seven other goals. For the next two seasons, he played for the Capitals and participated in about 75 games each season. He helped them make the playoffs but the Capitals could not capture the Stanley Cup so at the start of the 2009-10 season they made with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jurcina was packaged along with Chris Clark and sent to the Blue Jackets for Jason Chimera. In Columbus, Jurcina played just 17 games but he did score one goal and two assists in his short time with the club. In a strange turn of events, the Capitals reacquired Jurcina in March of 2010. The Blue Jackets got a conditional draft pick in return. Unfortunately, the Capitals made the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and Jurcina did not see the ice at all during the postseason.
During the 2010 offseason Jurcina agreed to a contract with the New York Islanders. In his first season with the Islanders, Jurcina played in 46 games and scored four goals, and added 13 assists. In his second season with the Islanders, he played in more games but his production decreased. In 65 games he scored just three goals and eight assists.
At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season Jurcina left the NHL and started playing for various leagues across Europe. The former Bruins draft selection is actually still actively playing hockey. This season he has played 15 games for the HC Sparta Praha of the Czech league.
The final Bruins draft pick was Marcel Rodman. Rodman was selected with the 282nd pick in the 2001 NHL draft. The Slovenian forward started to make a name for himself after a couple of appearances at the World Junior Championships on the Slovenian team and two seasons playing for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Unfortunately for Bruins fans Rodman never made it to the NHL as he took his talents back home to play in various teams in Slovenia, Austria, and Germany. He announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
Final Thoughts on the Boston Bruins Draft in 2001
The Boston Bruins draft in 2001 was much better than the 2000 Bruins draft as they were able to draft four players that made appearances in the NHL. They missed on multiple draft picks but going forward the Bruins will start to be competitors and finding some excellent players in the upcoming NHL drafts.