Update: Bruins 2015 First Round Selections


By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft was a significant step for the Boston Bruins organization as a way to restock the developmental system in the minor-pro levels of the franchise. After seemingly poor drafting, questionable trades, and failing to continue consecutive playoff appearances, former Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli was fired on April 15, 2015,  and he left behind an organization desperate of a “rebuild” or retool.

On May 20, 2015, The Boston Bruins hired former player and recent ten-year director of player of development Don Sweeney to get this organization back to it’s winning ways, and one of his first tasks was the daunting effort to rebuild the depth of younger assets in the minor affiliations. The 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida was where the new GM was to make a bold statement with his intentions of adding future talent in the organization’s pipeline. With aggressive trades, Sweeney acquired the 13th pick from the Los Angeles Kings and the 15th pick from the Calgary Flames to go along with their original 14th selection they earned with a non-playoff 41-27-14 96 points 2014-15 regular season.

With that being said, a few of my followers have reached out and asked me to put together an article about the progression of the three selections that were taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As a person that pays close attention and watches many games of the Bruins prospects, here’s my personal evaluation and listed below in the order they were drafted in.

With the 13th pick, the Boston Bruins select defenseman Jakub Zboril


This selection was an obvious move to address defensive needs in the immediate future. The 6′-0″ 201-pound two-way defenseman has been described from many scouts in the QMJHL as an inconsistent player but a work-in-progress nonetheless. Although inconsistency might not be a great thing to hear of a developing player, his progression has taken a “roller coaster” ride of sorts as he’s been known to work on certain aspects of his game on a yearly basis. One year he seems more of an offensive defenseman while the next year he works on being a more “stay at home” type of defender. Situations like these aren’t bad things because when he enters the Bruins organization, full-time he’ll be taught to be more of a complete player as he rises through the ranks in pursuit of an NHL job.

The Brno, Czech Republic native is currently in his third season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, and in 114 career games in the Canadian Juniors, he’s contributed 25-46-71 numbers, a career +24, and 142 penalty minutes. In my opinion, I’d like to see the 19-year-old Zboril play a full season next year in the AHL with the Providence Bruins as he’ll be eligible to play as a 20-year-old per the CHL-NHL agreement. A full season of minor-pro hockey will only benefit his game and the organization moving forward as current NHL Bruins contracts come close to expiring.

EliteProspects.com’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on Zboril in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

Jakub Zboril is a smart, fleet-footed two-way defenseman that plays to his strengths in all three areas of the ice. While he doesn’t aim to impress, he does all of the little things right and plays with an edge. The neutral zone is his launching pad: he is able to take off into the offensive end, or backcheck quickly into his own end. Very sound positionally. Smooth skater with lots of energy to burn. Not afraid to lay the body, or take a hit to make the play; can and will stand up for teammates. Possesses good hands and awareness on the ice, as well as a hard shot that is quite accurate. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that is relied upon to offset any oncoming attacks, as well as create chances in the opposing end. – See more at: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=112379#sthash.t56LHsFN.dpuf

With the 14th pick, the Boston Bruins select forward Jake BeBrusk


This selection stunned the hockey world and Bruins fan alike, but after more than a year to evaluate this pick was to address future needs and not who was best available at that certain time of the 2015 NHL Draft. As a diehard fan that pays attention to the next generation of players, it was tough for me to see DeBrusk picked while a player like Kyle Connor was still available.

The 6′-0″ 183-pound Edmonton, Alberta native had a successful WHL career spending time with the Swift Current Broncos (168 Games), and the Red Deer Rebels (37 Games). In 205 game in the WHL the left winger appeared in 205 games contributing 78-107-185 numbers before making the leap to the minor-pro level of the Bruins organization. In 27 career games with the Providence Bruins gritty forward has 4-8-12 totals. He currently leads the AHL in shots in this his rookie season with the top minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins.

DeBrusk is a Bruins type of player that isn’t afraid to get in the dirty areas along the boards and a strong ability to crash the net while possessing the puck. He’s a great depth addition and a work-in-progress but in my opinion, not NHL ready for at least two years.

EliteProspects.com’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on DeBrusk in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

A two-way winger with good mobility and scoring ability. Willing to battle in the dirty areas and can always find the puck and make the smart play below the hashmarks. Shows good creativity and deception with the puck. Good individual skills and makes good use of any time and space found. DeBrusk won’t beat you up physically, but he can definitely beat you up on the scoreboard. All-in-all, a competitive two-way winger with the natural goal scorer’s instincts. – See more at: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=84242#sthash.E8fRDSmK.dpuf

With the 15th pick, the Boston Bruins select forward Zachary Senyshyn

Sarnia Sting at Soo Greyhounds game on September 26, 2014 at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie.Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

Sarnia Sting at Soo Greyhounds game on September 26, 2014 at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie.Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

Another questionable selection but one that might work out in the long run. When looking at the current roster and players that are currently under contract, the right wing position is a little thin and Senyshyn could be a great asset moving forward. The 6′-3 194-pound Ottawa, Ontario native is currently playing for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and is playing his third season in the Canadian Junior team. In his rookie year with the Greyhounds, he was playing on a heavily talented core and put up 26-19-45 numbers in a fourth line role. His second year in a top-six role he exploded offensively contributing 45-20-65 numbers.

This season Senyshyn got off to a slow start after being returned to his respected Greyhounds team after a decent NHL Bruins training camp, but his sluggish start offensively may have something to do with his health over the summer offseason. He missed the Bruins annual development camp with a case of Mono and missed the B’s rookie camp with the emergency removal of his appendix. In his first 13 games, he went 5-2-7 but has turned his game around going 11-9-20 in his last 11 games. In 160 career OHL games, Senyshyn has posted 88-51-139 totals and could come close to his totals from last season with the Greyhounds.

Senyshyn will be eligible for the AHL or NHL next season and in my opinion another player that will benefit greatly with a full season of learning the Bruins system in the minor levels of the organization. He has great skills and an explosive stride and should be a great asset in future years.

EliteProspects.com’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on Senyshyn in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

A smart offensive winger that can be a difference maker in games. Very fluid skater and is constantly moving around to get in advantageous positions offensively, as well as defensively. Has a creative streak, as well as refined puck skills. Has the size to be a physical factor in the game, and knows when and how to use it. Will need to work on rounding out his defensive game, transitioning quicker, and keeping puck possession, but he knows where he can improve, and strives to do so on and off the ice. All-in-all, a cunning, motivated offensive forward whose presence pays dividends for his team at the end of the day. – See more at: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245108#sthash.O9annWIP.dpuf

AHL Baby Bruins Offer Bartkowski And Mueller One-Year Deals


By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Per Providence Journal Bruins writer Mark Divver, the AHL’s Providence Bruins have offered defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Perter Mueller one-year AHL “only” contract to play the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.


Both players were signed to professional tryouts at the beginning of the season and have proved themselves worth the investment at the quarter mark of the 2016-17 season. The Baby B’s are currently in fifth place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Both players have shown tremendous leadership as veterans of both the AHL and NHL. With the AHL Bruins the top minor-pro affiliate of the NHL B’s is important for players like these two to set an example for developmental players going through the system as they prepare for an NHL career.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski


The 6′-1″ 196-pound blueliner returned to the Providence organization for the first time since the 2012-13 season where he played in 56 games that year. He had a quick start to the year in his return going on a three-game point streak (1-2-3) but has only contributed four points in his last 15 games. In a total of 18 games played this season he’s posted 2-5-7 numbers and is a minus -2 with 32 shots on goal and 23 penalty minutes.

The 28-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has been mainly placed on the third pairing defensive line with veteran and Providence Captain defenseman Tommy  Cross for a better part of this season. Although he’s not producing offensively lately, the former seventh-round pick of the Florida Panthers still possesses good mobility out of the D-Zone and still has good speed in both directions. He really never lost his lower-body strength as he’s still good at moving bigger body’s away from the goaltender’s view. Even tho Matt spent most of his time with the Bruins organization before his return, his first career NHL goals came last season when he was with the Vancouver Canucks team. In 80 NHL games last season as a free agent signing with Vancouver, he netted 6-12-18 numbers and wasn’t retained. In 131 career games with the NHL Bruins he has 24 assists but in 192 career AHL games with the Baby B’s he’s 13-63-76.

Forward Peter Mueller


The 6′-2″ 205-pound forward has recently returned from a professional career overseas with the NLA Kloten Flyers in 2014-15 (34 GP 10-7-17) and the 2015-16 season with the Malmo Redhawks (43 GP 13-12-25) to try his luck somewhere in the North American professional leagues. The Boston Bruins came calling to see if he had anything left in the tank to play in the NHL where it all started for him when he was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes with the eighth selection in 2006.

As many hockey fans know his career started off with a blast going 22-32-54 in his rookie season after a pretty successful Junior Hockey career in the WHl with the Everett Silvertips but declined in numbers and play as he battled a few concussion issues which ultimately kept NHL team away from acquiring his services. Although the Bloomington, Minnesota native didn’t impress the NHL Bruins brass, his veteran leadership as mentioned above might’ve played a huge part in the Providence team coming to a deal today. In 19 games for the Baby B’s he’s posted 7-7-14 numbers and continues to work hard while mentoring forward players like Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk, and Danton Heinen.


At this moment it’s hard to say if he’ll get an extension with Providence for the 2017-18 year as players like recently entry-level signing forward Jesse Gabrielle and forward Zachary Senyshyn who were both selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will be eligible to play in the AHL next season and will be roster space to accommodate.

Providence Bruins Go 3-For-3 This Weekend


Above Photo Credit:  NHL.com

By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

The AHL’s Providence Bruins beat the Hartford Wolf Pack in the shootout tonight by the score of 2-1. The Baby B’s regulation goal by returning Anton Blidh (6) and the eventual shootout winner from the red hot Peter Cehlarik earns the Bruins the “hat-trick” of weekend games.With three straight wins in the last three days, the B’s have earned points in the last 12 games which are now a league best this season according to the AHL Communications official Twitter account below.



Like the beginning of last season, this Providence team struggled early on to stay out of the Atlantic Conference cellar and way out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture to use the month of December as a catalyst to turn things around. Last season the Baby B’s went a dismal 12-24 to end 2016 and start the 2017 calendar year posting a 23-13 record punching their ticket to the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs with a regular season record of 41-22-9-4 earning 95 points.


This season the Baby B’s are starting their climb up the standings earlier this December with a 12-6-4-3 record so far at the quarter mark of the season and look to repeat the ways of last year’s regular season campaign with playoff hopes for players and fans alike. This also might be the perfect time for a hot Bruins goaltending prospect who’s battling for time in the crease to shine.

This hockey season has been an interesting one for Bruins prospect netminder Zane McIntyre as he’s seen action in all three North American professional leagues spending time with the NHL Bruins (3 Games) AHL Bruins (7 Games) and ECHL Atlanta Gladiators (2 Games). Now that the upper-body injury to Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin is healed, the goaltending depth has settled in as players returned to their respect minor-pro teams and the former 2010 sixth-round draft selection for the B’s out of the NCAA University of North Dakota is starting to settle in nicely with the top affiliate of the Bruins organization.


In seven games with the Providence team, the 6′-2″ 206-pound McIntyre has compiled a 5-0-0 record with a 1.26 Goals-Against-Average and .955 Save-Percentage.  And looks ready to lead the Baby B’s to second consecutive playoff appearance but with better results than last years post season sweep to the hands of the powerful Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins. The 24-year-old Minnesota native struggled in his first year of minor-pro hockey coming out of the NCAA posting a 14-8-7 record with a 2.68 GAA and .898%. This is Zanes last year under his current entry-level deal and he looks poised to play at a higher level to impress the Bruins brass for a potential backup role depending on the future of Anton Khudobin who’s signed for another full season.


News On Malcolm Subban

Bruins netminder Malcolm Subban is also on his last year of his ELC so even tho they’ll both be restricted free agents in July, the Bruins organization has time to think about which one to continue with. Subban’s not had the best of starts getting his second win of the season last night in a 27 save win over the Albany Devils and is 2-6-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .903% in 12 games played so far this season. It seems like the throat injury that ended his season last year is one he’s desperately trying to forget. Not to say I’m an insider at all but I’m a person who was with the Bruins team through last summer camps and training sessions to understand when a goaltender is not seeing the puck very well.


Bruins Sign Prospect Gabrielle To Entry-Level Deal


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By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

The Boston Bruins announced today that the club has come to an agreement on a three-year entry-level contract with forward Jesse Gabrielle. The gritty 6′-0″ 205-pound Moosomin, Saskatchewan native was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and is currently playing in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars.


In 215 career WHL games, Gabrielle has 94-82-176 numbers with his best offensive season coming in the 2015-16 year where he netted 40-35-75 totals for his Cougars team. He has tremendous speed for a skilled winger and is an effective forechecker with his skating ability.  This season in 26 games with the 22-8-2 (Second in Western Conference) he’s contributed 19-12-31 totals.


It’s believed the 19-year-old winger will remain in the WHL until the end of the season and be eligible for the AHL Providence Bruins or the NHL Bruins next season. Gabrielle played three games for the Baby B’s at the tail end of the 2015-16 season but went pointless in that time.


Bruins Prospect Gabrielle Nets Three In Win Over WHL Victoria


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By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins prospect and WHL’s Prince George Cougars forward Jesse Gabrielle scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win over the Victoria Royals at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia last night.


The 2015 fourth-round selection of the Bruins is currently on a three-game point streak (4-2-6) and has 16-11-27 numbers in 22 games played this season. The 6′-0″ 205-pound Moosomin, Saskatchewan native is the leading goal scorer on the Cougars team and is in second in points with 29 (Leader 29).




Below is a link to watch the highlights from last night’s Prince George victory and Gabrielle’s hat trick.


Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Has Big Friday Night


By Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Last night Sault Ste. Marie forward and 2015 Boston Bruins first round selection Zachary Senyshyn had his best game since being returned to his OHL team. The Greyhounds were home at the Essar Centre during last night’ss contest against the Barrie Colts and the 6′-3″ 196-pound Ottawa, Ontario native was a one-man wrecking ball when it came to the team’s offensive production.


Senyshyn scored a hat trick in regulation and added the eventual game-winner in overtime to cap off a four-goal night to give the Greyhounds a 4-3 victory.  Before Wednesday night’s game against the Windsor Spitfires, the 19-year-old right winger was on a seven-game point streak but that ended when he went pointless in the 4-1 Hounds win.  In 22 games this season, he has 21 points in 22 games (13-8-21) and is looking much better offensively than his start in his first 13 games.




Below is a link to watch last night highlights of Senyshyn’s four-goal game.