What’s Next For Bruins Austin Czarnik?

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By Thomas Nyström | Follow on twitter @nahstrom

Twenty-five-year-old Austin Czarnik has seen his share of I-95 in his young career. Having signed a one-year two-way contract on July 17, 2017, Czarnik knew what he would likely be asked to do — and to his credit, he has handled his role in the organization with class as well as production. In his 10 games with Boston this season he has 4 points off of 4 assists. During his most recent call-up in early February, he registered two assists in a total of 43:21 of ice time thru 59 shifts in games against Toronto, Detroit, New York Rangers, and Buffalo. His short stay with Boston ended with a -1 rating for the stretch. Comparatively, Czarnik has played 44 games thus far in Providence this season with 14 goals, 33 assists for a +/- rating of +20.

Czarnik has benefited greatly from stable playing time at the AHL level and therefore has been serviceable in his NHL call-ups. His value is arguably higher than ever, and the 5’9 C/RW will likely make himself more on his next contract than the $675,000 he’s currently signed for. An RFA at year’s end, Czarnik is out of options for his two-way deal this season, and the acquisitions at the deadline of Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels will certainly play into whether or he see’s another call-up this year.

Should Czarnik resign with the organization this off-season there is a good chance he cracks the Bruins’ top nine, the question is for how long. There are other center prospects in the pipeline with arguably higher ceilings such as Ryan Fitzgerald and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson both of whom are younger and likely to get NHL minutes. Behind that comes even more prospects at the position worth a good look such as Ryan Donato who will almost certainly see time in Boston next season.

Though a longshot at this point, Jack Studnicka has been lighting it up in the OHL for the Oshawa Generals to the tune of 60 points in 58 appearances this season. The 19-year-old will likely see Providence time at the very least. Trent Frederic was a piece the Bruins didn’t want to move at the deadline. This doesn’t even include the wingers in the system as Czarnik has also lined up at RW and there is youth behind him there as well: Jordan Szwarz, Zach Senyshyn, Alexander Khoklachev, Peter Cehlárik, the list goes on. This team is as deep in the system as it has been in a long time.


Regardless of where he lines up, the future at forward appears crowded, and Czarnik may find himself the odd man out unless the minds monitoring his development see improvement on some of the downsides of his game. This includes his attempted shot totals as he sits around 10 attempts per 60 minutes. While he inserts himself well in playmaking situations, he is more of a possession center than a true goalscorer.

Ideally, the team retains him with 2-3 year contract at a reasonable cost and should Bruce Cassidy find himself struggling to find him a consistent spot then Don Sweeney will be in a better position to address his future (or lack thereof) with the organization. Make no mistake: they made the right decision to send him down to Providence before the contract got more complicated and risked having some level of control at year’s end regarding free agency.  He is without question a valued asset, and many (including myself) would be disappointed to see him go elsewhere, but this is crunch time for Austin Czarnik if he wants to stick with the club going forward.

Thomas Nyström, Contributor.
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Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th 2017

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th, 2017

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team wrapped up the final three games of the season-long eight-game road trip last week and went 2-1 to end the 2017 calendar year. The week started in Utica, New York on Wednesday, December 27th at Adirondack Bank Center against the Utica Comets and the B’s walked away with a 5-4 shootout victory. B’s goal scorers were Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson with his 10th assisted by Austin Czarnik and Kenny Agostino at the 4:09 mark of the second period to tie the score at one apiece. Jumping to the third period Adam Payerl ties the score at 2-2 with his second goal of the season at the 6:28 mark assisted by Colby Cave and Colton Hargrove.

Providence forward Justin Hickman got his 4th of the year at 9:40 of the third assisted by Chris Porter and Payerl and were down to Utica by the score of 4-3. At the 18:47 mark of the third period recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his second of the year unassisted to tie the score at 4-4 to force overtime. There was no scoring in the extra frame which resulted in a shootout that was won from the effort of Kenny Agostino who had some quick hands and shoulder movements to fake Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko out of his skates for the 5-4 victory.
Zane McIntyre got the start on the rare mid-week contest and stopped 26 of 30 shots for his 11th win of the season.

Stars of the game for the B’s against the Comets were Austin Czarnik with the third star, and first star honors went to Jakob-Forsbacka-Karlsson.

The second to last game of the road trip had the Providence team staying in the city of Utica, New York on December 29th with another tilt against the Comets and the B’s played much better on this night only giving up one goal to the opposition leading to a 3-1 victory. B’s goal scorers were defenseman Connor Clifton with his 2nd of the season at the 4:53 mark of the first period assisted by Zach Senyshyn and Kenny Agostino. Moving to the second period with ten seconds remaining in the middle frame Austin Czarnik nets his 9th of the year assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Agostino.

The Comets pull goaltender Richard Bachman late in the third period, but with six seconds remaining in the third frame, Anton Blidh scores an empty-net goal for his 6th goal of the season which went unassisted.
Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the start on this night stopping 21 of 22 Utica shots for his 9th win of the season and 7th straight victory in a row. The 24-year-old Binnington is undoubtedly putting in an All-Star effort this season coming from the St. Louis Blues organization and should get recognition for his efforts in the All-Star game being held in Utica this year. Jordan has a league-best goal-against-average of 1.59, and second-ranked .938 save percentage.

Bruins stars of the game against the Comets were Kenny Agostino with the 3rd Star and Connor Clifton with the 1st Star.

The third game of the week and final of the month-long road trip had the Providence team crossing the border into Ontario, Canada on December 30th against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators but unfortunately, the B’s could not hold off the pesky Sens and lost 3-2 in overtime. After the Bruins went scoreless and down 2-0 in the first period, they made a courageous effort to make a game of it with a goal from big defenseman Chris Breen who scored his first of the season at the 17:44 mark of the middle frame assisted by Kenny Agostino and Jordan Szwarz. Tying the game at two a piece at the 12:26 mark of the third period, scrappy forward Anton Blidh scored his 7th and second goal in as many nights to eventually force the two teams to overtime.

Belleville would only need 1:47 into the extra session to take advantage of a discombobulated Bruins defense which left the B’s goaltender out high and dry to end the game and the forever long road trip.
Zane McIntyre got the start in this nights game stopping 29 of 32 and looks to get back on track with his efforts from last season as the new 2018 calendar year has turned.

No Bruins factored in the three stars of the game against the Sens.

The Providence Bruins end 2017 with a 21-8-3-0 record earning 45 points good for first in the Atlantic Division and first in the Eastern Conference. Also, the team is currently on a three-game unbeaten streak and 7-2-1 in last ten.

East Coast Hockey League

The Atlanta Gladiators played in three games last week, and Boston Bruins third-round pick in 2015 goaltender Dan Vladar got to see action in two of those contests between the pipes. The first game was at home on Wednesday, December 27th when he stopped 42 of 46 shots taking a 4-0 shutout to the hands of rival Florida Everblades and suffering his 8th loss of the year. The second game of the week came on Saturday, December 30th on the road against the South Carolina Stingrays and made 27 of 30 shots for a 3-1 loss and 9th defeat of the season.
Vladar has now appeared in 18 games for the “AA” Premier League Gladiators and has a record of 7-9-1-0 with a 3.06 goals-against-average and .907 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League

The Oshawa Generals played in two games last week after the 2017 Holiday stoppage and b’s prospect forward Jack Studnicka was ready to get back to work with two assists at home on Thursday night December 28th in a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters. The second game of the week was on Friday night December 29th on the road against the Ottawa 67’s and got another two helpers in a 4-3 win in the Canadian Capital City. In 37 game played this season for the Gens the 18-year-old 2017 B’s second-round pick leads his club in assists and overall points with 10-27-37 numbers.

Staying with the Generals team is Bruins goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser who was in net for both victories last week improving his season record to 11-6-0 with a 2.98 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage. With the two wins last week the Bruins free agent signing from Coral Springs, Florida is now on a four-game winning streak.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

The Saint John Sea Dogs appeared in three games after the holiday break and Bruins prospect forward Cedric Pare factored in two of the three contests. The 2017 sixth-round B’s draft pick scored a goal at home against Cape Breton on Thursday night December 28th and added an assist on Friday night December 29th at home against Moncton to get his season and career-high point streak to six games. Unfortunately, that impressive streak was snapped against rival Moncton this time on the road when the top-six forward failed to get on the score sheet to end the 2017 year.

Western Hockey League

The Brandon Wheat Kings played in four games after the mandated holiday break last week, and Bruins 2017 7th round pick Daniel Bukac manned the blue line in all of them. The big defenseman who had offseason surgery returned to action at the beginning of December last year, and after going pointless in his first six contests of the 2017-18 season, he has an assist in three of the four games played last week and is currently on a two-game point streak.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Harvard University’s Ryan Donato continues to have his best year in the college ranks scoring a point-per-game in all in the 2017-18 campaign. Returning to action after almost a month off the talented forward got back to work offensively when his Crimson team appeared in the Catamount Cup Holiday Tournament that was held in Burlington, Vermont. The first Cup game was against Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell Riverhawks on Friday December 29th where he scored a goal in a 5-2 loss but was explosive in the second game on Saturday, December 30th against host and Hockey East’s Vermont Catamounts where he scored three goals and added an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games. The 2014 Bruins draft pick leads the team with 12-8-20 numbers and is ranked 39th in scoring in the country.

2018 World Junior Championship Tournament

Six Boston Bruins prospects are playing in the popular U-20 tournament in the Buffalo, New York area and at about the half-way point of the festivities below are some stats on how they are doing offensively.

Team USA
D – Ryan Lindgren   4GP 0 points
F – Trent Frederic   4GP 1-0-1
G – Jeremy Swayman Not Played As of Yet

Team Finland
F – Joona Koppanen   4GP 3-1-1
D – Urho Vaakanainen   4GP 0-1-1

Team Sweden
F – Oskar Steen   4GP 1-1-2

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team played in two games last week to continue the season-long eight-game road trip. The first game of the week had the B’s in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday night December 22nd against the Hartford Wolf Pack and unfortunately lost 6-4 suffering their second loss of the month-long stretch on the road.

B’s goals scored by Justin Hickman who got his second of the season which went unassisted at 12:31 of the first period to tie the game at one apiece. Recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his first goal in his second game with Providence at the 14:52 mark of the first period assisted by Ben Marshall and Josh Hennessy. The only B’s goal in the second period came from Kenny Agostino who scored his 8th of the year just seconds into the middle frame assisted by Colton Hargrove and Austin Czarnik. The final B’s goal and second of the game came from Hickman who scored his third of the year assisted by Emil Johansson and Jesse Gabrielle who got his third point in 20 games and its currently on a career-high two-game-point streak.

Zane McIntyre stopped 34 of 39 shots and got his sixth loss of the 2017-18 campaign. Zane has not been himself in his last three games after going on a five-game winning streak to start the month of December. In the previous three appearances, he has a goals-against-average of 4.63, and .856 save percentage.

The second game of last week was on Saturday night December 23rd when the B’s traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds before taking the Christmas holiday break. This was an entertaining game between the two clubs that started quickly with the B’s getting on the board first in the opening period with a goal from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his 9th of the season assisted by Kenny Agostino at the 1:09 mark of the opening frame.

The Thunderbirds would tie the score at one a little over two minutes later on the power-play. This was a defensive and goaltending juggernaut as both teams failed to put the biscuit in the basket for the next 40 minutes of action leading into the overtone frame where neither team could end the game. JFK got the shootout winner who gave the Providence team the 2-1 victory at the MassMutual Center. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington got the win stopping 23 of 24 Thunderbirds shots and now has a season record of 8-1-1 with a 1.65 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage since joining the Providence team from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of this season.

The Next games for the Providence team is on Wednesday, December 27th when the B’s play game six of the current road trip against the Utica Comets. To finish the long trip the B’s play Utica one more time on Friday, December 29th and they finish with a contest in Belleville, Ontario against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators.

Providence is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division when it comes to points (40) and has a record of 19-8-2-0 and is 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games.

Atlanta Gladiators – East Coast Hockey League

The Gladiators played in three games last week and Bruins 2015 third round goaltending prospect Dan Vladar appeared in one of those contests with a victory on Friday night December, 22nd at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South Carolina Stingrays. Vladar helped his Glads team to a 4-3 regulation win while stopping 28 of 31 Stingrays shots for his 7th win of the 2017-18 season. The big, athletic netminder is now 7-7-1-0 on the year with a 3.00 goals-against-average, and .907 save percentage in 16 games played for the Premier “AA” minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins.

Due to the Holidays, there were no Bruins prospect games last week in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, or the NCAA collegiate levels. Most of the leagues mentioned will be back in operation starting on December, 27th.

2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

This years event will be hosted in Buffalo, New York in two different locations to maximize the number of games played during the week-long event. Games will be played at the KeyBank Center and the HarborCenter with one game being played outdoors at the New Era Field in Orchard Park,. New York featuring team Canada and team USA on December, 29th.

Boston Bruins prospects participating in this year event are defenseman Urho Vaakanainen and forward Joona Koppanen both of Team Finland. Goaltender Jeremy Swayman, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and forward Trent Frederic all playing for Team USA. Forward Oskar Steen of Team Sweden rounds out the B’s young players involved in this year’s festivities.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played in three games last week going 3-0. The week started on Sunday, November 26th with a 2-1 shootout victory on the road over the Charlotte Checkers. Baby B’s goals scored by Colton Hargrove (6th) on the power-play and the shootout winner from Ryan Fitzgerald. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the win in goal stopping 18 of 19 shots.
On Friday, December 1st The Bruins played host to the Binghamton Devils at the Dunk and walked away with a 3-2 win in front of the home crowd. B’s goals scored by
Kenny Agostino (5th) Ryan Fitzgerald on the power-play (6th) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson on the power-play (6th). Zane McIntyre got the start in goal making 29 saves on 32 shots.
On Saturday, December 2nd the B’s played the second game of back-to-back home games against the Binghamton team beating the Devils by the score of 4-2. Bruins goals scored by Zack Senyshyn (3rd) Jordan Szwarz (6th & 7th) and Rob O’Gara his first of the season. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the job in the crease on this night making 25 saves on 27 shots.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar started in two games last week beginning on Sunday, November 26th with a home game against the Jacksonville IceMen and only had to make three saves before leaving the game after the first period for precautionary reasons. The Gladiators managed to pull off the 4-2 victory even though the 2015 third round pick had to leave the game.
On Friday, December 1st Vladar and his Glads team lost 5-3 to the Florida Everblades on home ice. Vladar stopped 26 off 30 shots.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka has been red hot lately, and that continued with three games last week with three games scoring 3-2-5 numbers but snapped a seven-game point streak with no points against the Windsor Spitfires on December 2nd. Jack has 10-19-29 numbers in 29 games this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine
The 2017 fourth-round selection played in two games last week both against the University of Vermont. The first was a 2-2 tie making 22 saves on 24 shots on Friday, December, 1st.
The second game of the weekend was on Saturday, December 2nd once again against the Catamounts this time with a huge 6-2 win for the Black Bears stopping 39 of 41 shots. Swayman is now 5-3-1 on the NCAA season dropping his goals-against-average down to 2.38, and .925 save percentage.

Ryan Donato – Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a hat trick on Friday, December 1st against the Quinnipiac Bobcats and added a goal and an assist on Saturday, December 2nd against the Princeton Tigers. Donato now has a point in every game played so far this season which is a 10 game point streak. He now has 8-7-15 numbers in 2017-18.

Trent Frederic – University of Wisconsin
After going pointless over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the former 2016 Bruins first-round pick got back to work offensively in both games against the University of Minnesota Gophers. On Friday, December 1st he had a goal and followed that up on Saturday, December 2nd with a goal and an assist. Trent now has 8-8-16 numbers in 19 games played.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of 11/12/17 to 11/19/17

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 12th-Nov. 18th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 12th on the road in Springfield Massachusetts with a 4-3 overtime loss to the hand of the Thunderbirds. Baby B’s goal scorers were Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and 1st ever pro goal from Emil Johansson. Have to mention 2015 first round pick Zach Senyshyn as he assisted on all three Bruins goals and has been playing very well as of late. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington stopped 32 of 36 Thunderbirds shots.

On Friday night November 17th at the Dunk in Providence, Rhode Island the Baby B’s hosted the Hershey Bears and were thoroughly outplayed in a 4-1 regulation loss. Justin Hickman with the only Bruins goal on the night which was unassisted. Zane McIntyre who’s been struggling lately took the loss stopping 21 of 24 shots.
The Providence team is now sitting in the fourth position in the Atlantic Division with a 7-5-2 record with 18 points and get back to work with a 1:05 game again at the Dunk against the same Bears team they played Friday night.

Bruins Prospect Jakub Zboril has been out of action since the November 11th matchup where he took a substantial hit to the head from WBS Penguins player Andrey Pedan who was assessed a minor penalty for the hit and a five-minute fighting major as teammate Kenny Agostino came to the defense of his defenseman. Zboril has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury. Pedan, on the other hand, was suspended the following Monday for four games by the American Hockey League for a Charging major which resulted in a head injury. We hope Jakub returns quickly as he’s been through concussion protocol, but his return remains uncertain.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar only appeared in one game for the Gladiators last week and took a beating in the Wednesday, November 15th morning road game against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in front of a packed house of school children stopping 36 of 42 Greenville shots taking the 6-3 loss. Vladar is now 4-2-1 on the season with a 3.10 goals-against-average, and .906 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka snapped his 12 goalless streak and recent five-game pointless streak on Thursday night November 16th with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes team. The next night on Friday, November 17th he had a shorthanded goal in a 4-2 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads and now has 6-14-20 numbers through 22 games.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Send Dogs forward Cedric Pare easily had his best game of the 2017-18 season last week on Friday, November 17th as he contributed four points in a 7-2 win over the Halifax Moosehead’s. Both goals from Pare were scored on the power play and was named the second star of the game. Pare who missed close to two-weeks of action with a minor injury before returning to action against the Moosehead’s now has 7-5-12 numbers in 21 games played this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic- University of Wisconsin

The former 2016 first round selection snapped a career-high four games pointless slump on Friday night November 17th when he collected a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win over Michigan. On Saturday, November 18th once again matching up against the Michigan team he added an assist in the 4-4 overtime tie as he seems to be back on track offensively. Trent now has 6-7-13 numbers in 15 games this season and is tied for first in scoring with teammate Ryan Wagner.

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

The Badgers Captain also had a great weekend alongside Trent Frederic with a goal on Friday night and Saturday night against Michigan. The Senior forward now has 6-4-10 numbers in 15 games played.

Ryan Donato- Harvard University

Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal on Friday night November 17th against Minnesota and added an assist in Saturday nights repeat matchup against the Gophers. Donato now has points in every game he’s played so far this season and is leading his Crimson team in scoring with 4-5-9 numbers.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The 2017 goaltender selected in the fourth round by the Bruins appeared in one game last week on Friday, November 17th stopping 40 of 42 shots in the 5-2 victory over the Boston University Terriers. Swayman, a freshman this season has appeared in six games posting a record of 3-2-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.71 and .919 save percentage.

Four Providence Bruins Players Off To Great 2017-18 Starts

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By: Mark Allred              Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins are off to a great start to the 2017-18 season beating the Springfield Thunderbirds twice in a week. With the 2-0 record, the Baby B’s look to stay perfect on the season as they host the Toronto Marlies tonight when the puck drops at 7:05 from the Dunkin” Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Although the fantastic start can be directed to a total team effort, four players currently with the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins deserve honorable mentions.

Kenny Agostino

After being demoted to the AHL Providence team after not impressing the Bruins Brass at camp last month, the 25-year-old left winger made the best of the situation with his new club in a league he’s very familiar with. Although his numbers at the NHL level aren’t mind-blowing only contributing five points in 17 games, his game at the AHL level continues to be strong posting 188 points in 199 games played.


Drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Penguins the 6′-0″ 203-pound forward has made stops playing with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues organizations before landing in Boston via free agency back in July of this year. So far in two games with the Baby B’s. Kenny has fit in well surrounded by a plethora of talent and has 1-4-5 numbers scoring his first goal last night in the 3-2 win over Springfield.

Peter Cehlarik

The 6′-2″ 203-pound Slovakian native is currently playing in his second full season in the AHL and has made the jump to the NHL Bruins club last season posting two points in 11 games. Last season was Peters rookie year and first playing in North America, but the difference in rink size and international play didn’t seem to affect the left winger as he contributed 39 points in 49 games.


This year the big power forward is tied for the team lead posting 2-3-5 numbers and seemingly not affected by the injury he sustained in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs where the Providence team went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Syracuse Crunch in a best-of-seven game series 4-1.

Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson

Often compared to Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron for having a complete two-way game, the 20-year-old center and Stockholm, Sweden native has played quite well in the AHL after his demotion straight out of Bruins training camp. This season with Providence he’s scored in each of his two career games and has three points (2-1-3) in those two games. After a successful colligate career at Boston University where the 6′-1″ 183-pound forward posted 63 points in 78 games the Bruins saw enough from the talented center and signed him to a three-year entry-level contract and got him his first taste of NHL action at the end of last season.


Look for the creative and skilled Forsback-Karlsson to have a good year in the minor-pro ranks of developmental hockey and wouldn’t be shocked if he makes a return to the NHL sometime this season barring injuries on the current club but might make a full appearance in the NHL next season as he continues to improve his game with the Baby B’s this year.

Zane McIntyre

The 2010 sixth round selection of the B’s took a serious step forward in his development in his second year of minor-pro hockey and surpassed his average rookie season when he went 14-8-7 with a goals-against-average of 2.68 and .898 save percentage in 31 games. Last season as mentioned the 25-year-old Grand Forks, North Dakota native played in 31 and posted a 21-6-1 record, a 2.03 GAA and .930 save%.

This season so far McIntyre seems to be on the right track to do better than his past years with Providence as he remains unbeaten in his first two games. Both games Zane’s played against Springfield this week he’s given up 2 goals and has an impressive .930 save% in those contests. His game at the NHL level has not been great but did show signs of promise even tho he had an 0-4-1 record and GAA hovering around four in the eight games he got to play when the current Bruins backup Anton Khudobin was sent down after his terrible start to the 2016-17 year.

Baby B’s Earn Solid First Victory In 2017-18

By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last night the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins kicked off the 2017-18 regular season on the right foot with a 5-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds in front of 9,439 hometown fans at the Dunkin‘ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The AHL started its 82nd season of being the top minor-pro developmental league of the National Hockey League, and this is the start of the 26th season that the Providence team and the Boston Bruins have shared affiliations.

Last year the Baby B’s had a decent lineup that got better during the second half of the season and marched their way to the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals losing in five games to the Syracuse Crunch. The 2017-18 roster is something to be proud of when you look at the job that Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and scouting staff have put in place to replenish a somewhat disappointing prospect pool. This Baby B’s lineup is going to be exciting to watch and could be one that the Providence team needs to make the jump to the Calder Cup Finals, a feat that hasn’t been done since the 1998-99 year when the franchise captured its first AHL league championship.

Below, in no particular order or line combinations, below is an idea of talent that’s being seen at the AHL level and it’s going to be an exciting season to watch these kid mature in the professional ranks as they aspire for NHL debuts in the very near future.

Kenny Agostino  –  Danton Heinen  –  Jordan Szwarz

Jesse Gabrielle   –  Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson – Zach Senyshyn

Peter Cehlarik  –  Jim Hennessy –  Ryan Fitzgerald

Anton Blidh  –  Colby Cave  –  Chris Porter

Tommy Cross   –   Jakub Zboril

Connor Clifton  –  Jeremy Lauzon

Chris Breen  –  Rob O’Gara

Zane McIntyre

Dan Vladar

Just from a personal opinion this lineup above looks kinda nasty when you’ve invested a ton of time learning and writing about the many talented prospects that this organization has put in place to add to the depth factor and one that’s making news as one of the best well-stocked affiliations in the league.


It was good to see the Baby B’s get on the offensive stat sheet with second-year pro forward Peter Cehlarik scoring his 21st career AHL goal and grizzled old veteran Tommy Cross contribute with his 24th career goal but the insertion of the youth into last nights lineup was most gratifying for me. First-year pro’s Ryan Fitzgerald, Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and Zach Senyshyn made immediate impacts in last nights victory when all three scored their first career professional goals.


Providence goaltender Zane McIntyre looked like he didn’t miss a step in his return for another season of minor-pro hockey. After a tough transition into the AHL as a rookie in 2015-16, Zane went from being a 14-8-7 first-year pro to a fantastic second-year player in Providence posting a 21-6-1 record making him one of the top netminders in the league. This year is going to be an important one for the 25-year-old as he’ll seemingly play a remainder of this year in the AHL but if he happens to have a better season than he did last year, he might walk into the NHL backup role if current Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin walks to free agency after this final year of his two-year contract.

The Providence Bruins return to action next weekend with two games scheduled. Next Friday the B’s play the Springfield Thunderbirds again and on Saturday night against the Toronto Marlins. B’s games next week are at the Dunkin‘ Donuts Center, and tickets can be purchased at providencebruins.com


Bruins Injury Report: 9/21/2017


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The Bruins will be without arguably their most important defenseman for an undetermined amount of time following a shot-block gone wrong Tuesday in Detroit. Matthew J. Lee, Boston Globe

By: Spencer Fascetta         Follow Me On Twitter @PuckNerdHockey 

Following the Bruins’ preseason matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, they received news of some significant losses due to injury. First and foremost amongst them is Torey Krug, who received a non-displaced fracture in his jaw following a blocked shot Tuesday night against Detroit. He will be evaluated in 3 weeks but is listed as out indefinitely at this time. Doctors often recommend a player does not take a contract for at least a month after a jaw is fractured in order to allow the bone to heal properly, but this timeframe can also stretch up to two months. It is a massive blow to a Bruins’ defensive corps who relies on Krug to operate its top powerplay unit and for Top 4 minutes. This likely forces Charlie McAvoy into a much more significant role as the regular season approaches and offers an opportunity for free agent signing Paul Postma or a combination of rookies Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, Rob O’Gara, and/or Matt Grzelcyk on the opening night roster.

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Promising rookie Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson also was unable to escape Detroit unscathed on Tuesday. Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports

In addition to losing Krug against Detroit, rookie centerman Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson took an awkward tumble into the boards against the Wings and is currently being listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury. The former BU Terrier appeared in a single regular season game for the Bruins last year and looks to be a front-runner to push for a spot in the lineup this fall.

Injuries continue to stack up for the ever-unfortunate Matt Beleskey. Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images

Finally, Matt Beleskey, who must have some of the worst luck in hockey, save for Marc Savard, is struggling through a foot contusion suffered in Monday night’s preseason matchup against Montreal. Beleskey appeared to be injured blocking a shot with his foot (this is one of the reasons why blocked shots is an unadvisable part of the game in my opinion) and is listed as day-to-day. Beleskey struggled with a litany of injuries last year, his second with the Bruins, only managing to appear in 49 games, and never quite looking himself. It is a disappointing start to the season for a player in desperate need of a bounceback year.

Stay tuned for more news and updates here at the BlackNGold Hockey Blog!

Boston Bruins and Ryan Spooner Come To Terms On One-Year Deal



Ryan Spooner #51 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 15, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

By: Andrew Thompson                                                                   Twitter: @godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins found a way to avoid arbitration with forward Ryan Spooner today, signing him to a one-year, $2.825 million dollar contract.  The contract is a near split down the middle from what the Bruins ($2 million) and Spooner ($3.85 million) wanted.

In the short term, both sides walked away with a win. Spooner got nearly a $ 2 million dollar raise. As for the Bruins, they now have all but one player (forward David Pastrnak) locked up going into camp in September.

Even with a contract, Spooner’s place in the lineup isn’t a lock.  He’ll be facing stiff competition from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson in battling for the B’s third-line center position at training camp.

Spooner had some issues with Boston last season. He wasn’t the favorite of either head coach in Boston last year. Claude Julien had issues with his defensive game, and Bruce Cassidy had problems with his offensive game. Those issues caused him to be scratched in the final two playoff games against Ottawa last season.

The 25-year old Spooner had some issues last season with Boston . Spooner wasn’t the favorite of either head coach in Boston last year. Claude Julien had issues with his defensive game, and Bruce Cassidy had problems with his offensive game. Those issues caused him to be scratched in the final two playoff games against Ottawa last season.

At the end of the season, Cassidy called out Spooner for his liabilites on local media.

“Listen, we all know he’s not that guy that’s going to be planting himself in front of the net and absorbing hits every shift, but he still needs to attack with the puck when there is some open ice,” said Cassidy about Spooner. “And like I said, there wasn’t a lot, but there were creases out there where he could have used his foot speed, and that was the conversation with him. When those situations arose, we needed him to make his plays and attack. It didn’t happen, so we moved on to the next player. We’re here to win; we were kind of leaving it all out there and I thought our guys played hard, the guys that went in, so you kind of look at it as more give them credit for going in and doing their job and we’ll continue to work with Ryan.

“Listen, he’s a special talent. We’ve just got to continue to try to pull it out of him and see where it leads us.”

Spooner had 39 points (11 goals) last year for the Black and Gold. Those 39 points were good enough for sixth overall on the team, but it was a 10 point (2 goal) backslide from the year before.

While Spooner will have some place on the team this year, he’s going to have to prove he wants to be in Boston if he has any hope of staying with the team at the end of the upcoming season.


The Worth Of Bruins Ryan Spooner


Ryan Spooner #51 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 15, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

By: Andrew Thompson                                                               Twitter: @godwentwhoops

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner has been the epitome of a Jekyll and Hyde player. When he’s on his game, he’s an outstanding center and a solid playmaker. When he’s not, his offensive and defensive lapses lead to the other team scoring goals.While he’s still an excellent player with great potential, the B’s never know what player is going to take the ice until the whistle blows.

Do the Bruins want (or need) to spend that kind of money on a player who is still getting the kinks out of his NHL game.

Spooner can put up some pretty goals for the Black and Gold.

But Spooner’s game still has problems. Claude Julien didn’t like his defensive game at the start of the season. When Julien was canned in favor of Bruce Cassidy, it seemed that Spooner was going to get a fresh start in Boston.  That didn’t work out as well as planned, for Cassidy didn’t like Spooner’s offensive game at the end of the season.

Don Sweeney wasn’t exactly pumped about bringing back Spooner at the end of the season last year.

“To be determined,” said the B’s general manager about Spooner’s status at the end of the season press conference. “We’ll look at our roster and what our options are. [Spooner] has options as well as an RFA. We’ll have discussions with his representatives and see where there’s a fit.

“Ryan’s a talented player. He’s had a lot of success. Our power play is better when he plays as well as he’s capable of playing, and he can really be a good complement to our group.”

The Bruins seemed to be ready to move on from Spooner. The talk coming out of the TD Garden seemed to have JFK (short for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson) into the third-line center slot next season. It seemed the B’s were looking to low-ball Spooner in an attempt to spur a better performance out of him.

If that was their plan, it didn’t work out so well.

The 25-year old Spooner filed for arbitration just before the deadline. He’s expected to meet with the arbitrator and the B’s front office on Wednesday, July 26.  Spooner is expecting a serious raise (He’s coming off a two-year, $1.9 million dollar contract.). He did put up 88 points (24 goals) in the last two seasons for the Black and Gold as a mostly third-line center. So, what kind of payout will Ryan Spooner expect, and what dollar value will the Boston Bruins be willing to accept?

Spooner is likely looking for a three-million dollar deal. The Bruins are probably hoping for something in the low-two range. The Bruins can certainly afford three million. They still have plenty of cap space thanks to Sweeney being thrifty during free agency. On the flipside, Sweeney’s frugality in free agency is the reason why he’ll likely agree to any reasonable amount assigned by the arbiter.

The Bruins will pony up for Spooner on Wednesday. (Unless the arbiter goes over $3.5 million.) I can’t see Sweeney giving up a player who could be a good trade option down the line.

Once the arbitration is over, it will all be on Spooner. If he solidifies his game, then everything works out for the best. If he has another Jekyll-and-Hyde season, then the B’s will likely give JFK the third-line center job and use Spooner (and perhaps Malcolm Subban or Daniel Vladar) to get the B’s a consistent left-winger for their second line.