Two blockbusters by the Bruins today. First, they acquired Juraj Simek from Tampa Bay for Levi Nelson. They also landed Sean Zimmerman and a conditional 2011 seventh-round pick from Florida for Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt. Both Simek and Zimmerman will report to Providence.
Simek, 23, has scored three goals and six assists in 21 games for Norfolk, Tampa’s AHL affiliate. Simek was originally picked by Vancouver in the fourth round of the 2006 draft.
Zimmerman, also 23, has appeared in seven games this season for Rochester, Florida’s AHL farm club. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Zimmerman was picked by New Jersey in the sixth round of the 2005 draft.
Nelson was the Bruins’ sixth-round pick in 2006, the bountiful year in which they drafted Phil Kessel, Yuri Alexandrov, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and Andrew Bodnarchuk. Nelson, an energy forward, didn’t project to be an NHLer with the Bruins.
Knackstedt was the team’s seventh-round pick in the disastrous 2007 draft. Knackstedt was at the center of the wrong kind of attention last year when he arrived in training camp out of shape. Knackstedt wasn’t expected to crack the big-league lineup.
LoVecchio is the most significant loss. The energy forward, signed as a college free agent, could be a fourth-line wing for the Panthers in a year or two.