A scouting report from Official 2005 Bruins Thread
This guy doesn't have Stuart's mobility and stellar play in the defensive end, but he is more mobile than Gill or Leach. Seems like an all around solid player who is ready for the NHL. Not known as a physical player, but he made a couple of good hits in this game.
In the first period, he pinched down to the half boards and drilled
Eric Godard as he tried to clear the puck. Godard went after him - picking up an instigator penalty and misconduct in the process - and they fought. Jurcina gave as good as he got, and the Bruins had a power play. Later in the game he crushed someone trying to go around him into the boards and got into another scrap.
As someone mentioned "the best fighter in the NHL today, by far, is Derrek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild. Even God wouldn't square off with Derek".
Guess what? Boogaard was hurt in a rousing scrap with Flames call-up Eric Godard
So there! Jurcina fought Eric Godard. Eric Godard beat up Derek Boogaard. Do the math! :-)
A big, sturdy defenseman at 6’4 233 lbs, Jurcina is more of a stay at home defenseman, though he does have a rocket of a shot and some offensive instinct. His play was impressive enough to earn a spot on Team Slovakia in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Team Slovakia remained unbeaten (they beat Ovechkin and team Russia) only to lose to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal match, and Jurcina finished with an assist and eight penalty minutes in six games.
In Washington, Jurcina will be reunited with fellow blueliner Shaone Morrisonn. The pair played together for the P-Bruins during the 2003-2004 season.