Providence Bruins Weekend Recap (3-7-18 to 3-10-18)

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By: Josh B.   |   Follow On Twitter @ToCauseway 

Tl;Dr Recap for those who just want the stats:

3/7/18 Providence (34-19-5) @ Laval (22-28-8) 7:30 PM
Goalies: Dan Vladar, 23 of 26 shots, 0.887 SV%; Michael McNiven 11 of 14 shots, 0.785 SV%, Replaced by: Zach Fucale, 14 of 16 shots, 0.875 SV%

Box Score W/Scoring Summary:

PVD 6-3 Regulation W, Improves to (35-19-5), LAV Drops to (22-29-8)

3/9/18 Providence (35-19-5) @ Rochester (29-15-15) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Jordan Binnington, 23 of 24 shots, 0.958 SV% ;Linus Ullmark 27 of 29 shots, 0.931 SV%

Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:

PVD 2-1 Regulation W, Improves to (36-19-5), RCH Drops to (29-16-15)

3/10/18 Providence (36-19-5) @ Toronto (40-16-2) 4:00 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 34 of 38 shots, 0.897 SV%; Calvin Pickard, 23 of 26 shots, 0.884 SV%

Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:

PVD 4-3 Regulation Loss, Drops to (36-20-5), TOR improves to (41-16-2)

Game Summaries:

Bruins De Providence @ Rocket De Laval (3/7/18)

In their second and final matchup of the season, Providence faced off against the Montreal Canadiens affiliate in Laval, QC to begin this week’s sequence of games. Starting in net for Providence was a rare sighting of Dan Vladar who usually has starting goaltender duty for the Bruins’ ECHL affiliate Atlanta Gladiators. Zane McIntyre had been held back in New England in the event Tuukka Rask was unable to perform backup duties for the NHL Bruins Tuesday night against Detroit. Providence wasted no time in taking control of the game, with strong forecheck and tight gap control on defense. The result was a lead less than 6 minutes into the game, as Senyshyn fed Colby Cave, who fed Colton Hargrove, who returned the puck to Cave. As the centering feed came in, one of the Laval defense hooked Cave to the ice, however, Colby had the presence of mind to tip the puck past the Laval goaltender for the 1-0 lead.

Despite 3 powerplay opportunities in the first for Providence, they would not convert and headed to the locker room up by one. During the second period, Providence would cash in for 3 goals, including 2 on the powerplay. Early in the 2nd, the Providence powerplay took only a few seconds to strike. Austin Czarnik won the faceoff cleanly, passed out to Hargrove below the goal line, who tapped right over to Jordan Szwarz waiting in the slot for a pass he buried for the 2 goal lead. After being denied a goal earlier, Anton Blidh put the Bruins up by three after what looked like a sloppy zone entry by linemate Adam Payerl. The latter passed out to Blidh in the left wing circle, who beat Laval goalie McNiven from a sharp, seemingly impossible angle. With three goals on 14 shots, Laval elected to pull McNiven in favor of Zach Fucale.

The change seemed to spark the Laval squad, as Chris Terry put one past Vladar a minute and change after the Blidh goal. Providence took this as a challenge and restored a 3 goal cushion at 18:26 of the 2nd period with another powerplay goal. In the final frame, Anton Blidh added insult to injury with his second goal of the night early in the third period. Adam Payerl again made a zone entry, rushed behind the net, close to Gretzky’s office, and passed out to Blidh streaking into the slot for a quick tap in goal past the blocker side of Fucale. Newly minted Canadien property Kerby Rychel struck twice in the third period to bring the Rocket back to within 2 goals, however, a final empty-net goal off the stick of Austin Czarnik iced the win for Providence who opened this week with the same score as they opened the previous week, 6-3.

Providence Bruins @ Rochester Americans (3/9/18)

In their only game visiting Rochester, New York, the Bruins skated against the Americans in a battle of quality defense at both ends of the ice. In the first period, play between the two clubs was an even give and take. Scoring chances were low-danger events, and the only penalty call to Providence was suffocated quickly and efficiently. Entering the period scoreless, the Bruins drew a penalty midway through the second frame, however, Josh Hennessey would negate most of the powerplay with a high-sticking double minor that handicapped Providence for 4 minutes. Energized by the kill, Ryan Fitzgerald finished off a chance that began as a Paul Postma point-blast, putting the Bruins up by one.

Entering the third up by one goal, Rochester turned up the intensity early and were rewarded with an equalizer off a bomb by Sahir Gill. The game remained tied through the third, as Providence regained the momentum and took it to the Amerks, but Linus Ullmark held steady. Finally, in overtime, Providence registered all 7 shots taken in the extra frame, taking it to a gassed Amerks team. As was the case in the second, Postma made the initial shot that was finished off by a Ryan Fitzgerald backhander up over the pads of Ullmark. Ironically, Fitzgerald would be the Providence goal scorer on the Americans’ Irish Heritage night.

Providence Bruins @ Toronto Marlies (3/10/18)

In the only visit to the capital of Ontario, the Providence Bruins ended this weekend on a sour note, falling 4-3 to the AHL’s leader in the standings. Despite an early 2 man advantage for the Providence club, they failed to capitalize on the 5v4 and 5v3against the best PK in the AHL by percentage. Toronto did an excellent job of holding the puck outside the box created by the four faceoff dots in the attacking zone and held Providence to low-danger shots for the duration of the shorthanded bid. The Marlies struck first, on a controversial goal where McIntyre emphatically believed there was goaltender interference.

A point shot came in, and one of two Marlies skaters finished off the rebound while another crashed into Chris Breen in front of the net, knocking into McIntyre. Between Zane and Providence captain Tommy Cross, the Bruins were able to wipe the goal off the board, despite no “challenge” existing in the AHL for goaltender interference. A minute later, however, McIntyre was beaten cleanly, as a sharp angle shot leaked through the five-hole off the stick of Colin Greening and the Marlies took an early lead.

Early in the second, Toronto opened a worrisome 2 goal lead. Timothy Liljegren took a sharp angle shot from the goal stripe reminiscent of his teammates, but McIntyre redirected this shot so well, it almost rebounded out of the zone. Calle Rosen barely held the puck in at the line and skittered a pass out to Mason Marchment in the slot who managed to snap the puck in past McIntyre despite Providence skaters harassing Marchment. Toward the end of the middle frame, Colby Cave took it on himself to storm back and tie the game headed into the third. After Colby Cave crossed the blue line, he left the puck stationary for teammate Anton Blidh a step or so behind him. Blidh threaded the needle with a pass through two Marlies, finding Cave curling into the slot. Evading a defender, Cave went down to a knee to find more leverage as he whipped a short shot side high on Calvin Pickard’s blocker.

Not even a full minute later, Colby Cave and Anton Blidh worked their magic again. Blidh carried the puck into the zone this time, dropping for Cave who fired a changeup shot that slid underneath Pickard. The final period began tied at 2 apiece, but Toronto broke in for a third goal while Providence was killing off a penalty. Kenny Agostino tied the score on his 15th goal of the season while Providence had a man-advantage of its own to retie the score. Paul Postma was guilty of a slashing minor in the waning minutes of the game.

Toronto passed the puck around the powerplay formation, with Ben Smith taking a shot hoping for a rebound. Instead, as McIntyre went down to take away the bottom of the net, he didn’t seal the far (glove-side) post entirely. The puck rolled along his pads as it slowed, but had enough energy to leak over the goal line by the far unsealed post. Providence tried, but failed to mount a comeback with the remaining minute left in regulation but came up short.

Plus / Minus

Plus: + Austin Czarnik went 2G 1A, Jordan Szwarz went 1G, 2A, and Anton Blidh went 2G 0A, during Wednesday night’s thumping of Laval; Friday night, Ryan Fitzgerald earned 2G, while Paul Postma packed on another 5A total to add to last weekend’s outing. Colby Cave earned 3G in 3 nights, while Zach Senyshyn has been snapping out of his cold streak to the tune of 2A.

+ Speaking of Austin Czarnik, his five points this week at one point elevated him to 2nd in league-wide total points. Laval’s Chris Terry edged him out before the week ended, however.

+ Providence opened this week’s games with 2 PPGs against Laval and added another Saturday against Toronto.

+ Providence swept the season series with MTL affiliate Laval Rocket beating them in both matchups this season.

+ Providence fought the AHL’s best club to a draw for 59 minutes, almost forcing overtime. The game had a playoff feel to it, and while they came up short, Providence looked like they could hang with the best.

+ Jakub Zboril made his return to the lineup after a UBI sidelined him the previous week.

+ Dan Vladar, called up from Atlanta, made 23 of 26 saves against Laval for his 2nd win of the season. His only loss this season came during a 1-0 loss where the Providence offense dried up. His career totals in the AHL are a healthy 6-1-3 with a 2.41 GAA, and 0.923 SV%.

Minus: – Providence surrendered a goal against while killing off a Tommy Cross penalty in Laval, and two more while playing against the Marlies in Toronto Saturday night.

– Providence dug an early hole for itself falling behind 2-0 to the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon.

– The final goal against McIntyre was ugly, leaking past him when he wasn’t sealed against the post. Had he stopped the shot, the Bruins would have forced OT with a shot to steal a game from the Toronto powerhouse.

– Providence was swept in its season series with Toronto, getting no points out of neither the home nor away game.

– Going into Saturday’s matchup, the Marlies were on a skid, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Providence could have capitalized on that, however, the Marlies were well-rested coming into the contest.

Breaking: Bruins’ Lose David Backes to 3 Game Suspension


By Thomas Nyström | Follow on twitter @nahstrom

The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today that Boston Bruins RW David Backes has been suspended for three games the hit Tuesday on Detroit’s Frans Nielsen. The suspension is without pay and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary Backes will forfeit nearly $97,000.

The incident took place with 16 seconds left in the first period. At the time, Backes was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and served the majority of the penalty at the start of the second period.

If the organization decides to recall a right-winger from Providence for depth, one would think it could be either Zach Senyshyn or Jordan Szwarz.

Thomas Nyström, Contributor.

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What’s Next For Bruins Austin Czarnik?


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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Baby B’s Suffer Tough Loss In Syracuse

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By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last night in Syracuse, New York the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins snapped an eight-game winning streak with a 5-3 loss to the hands of the Syracuse Crunch. The Loss to the Crunch was the second contest of the current nine-game road trip which started in Hershey, Pennsylvania with a 3-0 shutout against the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night. Even though the Baby B’s lost last night, they still hold the lead in the Atlantic Division by one point (36) after 26 games played in the 2017-18 campaign and are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Rochester Americans when thinking about the AHL’s 2018 Calder Cup Playoff picture.

Not to discredit the effort of the Providence team but they have struggled in recent years against the Syracuse team going 2-1 in the regular season in the past three years and most notably a 4-1 best-of-seven series loss to the Crunch in the 2017 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals.

The game against the Crunch didn’t take long to get going offensively as grinding bottom-six forward Anton Blidh got a shorthanded goal his fifth of the season unassisted at the 2:13 mark of the first period which started a six-goal first period. Veteran forward Josh Hennessy scored his fourth of the season assisted by Sena Acolatse and Jakub Zboril to give the Baby B’s a 2-1 first-period lead.  The Crunch would go on to own the first period with three more goals and a 4-2 lead. Shots on goal after the first 20 minutes had the Crunch with a 15-11 advantage. The second period had no scoring, but the Providence team held a 7-6 shot total but were still down to the Crunch after 40 minutes with a 21-18 lead.

The third period had Syracuse score at the 5:04 and pretty much sealed the deal for the Crunch even though Baby B’s rookie forward Zach Senyshyn scored his fifth of the year at the 1:56 mark of the final period assisted by Blidh and Colby Cave. Providence goaltender Zane McIntyre got the start in goal last night stopping 23 of 28 shots and also snapped a season-high five-game winning streak which brings his 2017-18 regular season record to 10-5-1 with a goals-against-average of 2.81 and .903 save percentage.

Below is last night’s highlight’s courtesy of the Syracuse Crunch Official YouTube Channel.

The Baby B’s continue the road trip tonight when they travel to Hershey to play the second game in as many days against the Bears. Puck drops from the Giant Center in the Chocolate Capital of the World at 7pm as the Bruins play game three away from the home Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins are an impressive 8-2-0 in the last ten games and look to take advantage of a Hershey team that’s lost it’s last two in front of the home crowd which has the second-best attendance in the AHL averaging 8,606 fans. In case you were wondering where the Baby B’s rank in overall attendance this season, the team has an average of 7,839 which is good enough for third in the 30 team league.

Players with points last night

Jakub Zboril – The defenseman and 2015 first round pick has responded nicely since his return from an upper-body injury by contributing points five points in his last six games. The 6′-2″ 190-pound rookie blueliner is currently on a career high four-game point streak and is second on the team with a +13 rating. In 23 games so far this year, Jakub has 0-5-5 numbers.

Anton Blidh – The rugged forward has a goal in each of his last two games and has three points in that time frame. This is the third two-game point streak of the 2017-18 season for the 6′-0″ 200-pound Sweden native who was selected in the sixth round in 2013. In 26 games played this year Blidh has 5-5-10 numbers.

Zach Senyshyn – Tied for fifth on the Baby B’s in points, the 6′-3″ 205-pound 2015 first-round selection is starting to show why the Bruins acquired him from the draft held in Sunrise, Florida when he was one of three consecutive picks rookie General Manager Don Sweeney lined up to replenish the developing depth.  Zach is currently on a two-game point streak which is his second of the 2017-18 season and has 3-8-11 numbers in his last 15 games. He has 13 points in his 25 games so far this season.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!


Providence Bruins
Fan Club

PO Box 40963
Providence, RI 02940


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.

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


Bruins’ Prospects Battle Back, Defeat Pens Prospects in Overtime, 3-2

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By: Bob Mand                     Follow Me On Twitter @HockeyMand

The Boston Bruins’ prospect squad defeated their analogs from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization 3 to 2 in overtime at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, achieving victory in their opening leg of the 2017 Third Annual Prospects Challenge. The ‘They Might Be Bruins’ showed grit, skill, and determination in resolving a 2-0 deficit after a period of play into the final 3-2 edge.

Jesse Gabrielle, the Bruins 2015 fourth rounder, scored minutes into the three-on-three action, beating the Pittsburgh goaltender short-side with a deft wrister on an odd man advantage mere seconds after positively blowing a 2-on-0 breakaway on the same shift.


Also scoring for the Bruins were much-anticipated second-rounder centers Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jack Studnicka. Studnicka scored first for the Bruins in the second period, halving the Proto-Pens advantage with a settled-down slapper in the slot that appeared to wrong-foot the Pens’ goaltender, Alex D’Orio. ‘JFK’ scored his game-tying tally, capitalizing on a forced turnover near the goal-line and firing the puck home.

After a first period where the Bruins were outclassed on and off the scoreboard, the true Black and Gold emerged from the intermission as the dominant squad. Led by alternate captain and 2013 third-rounder Matt Grzelcyk, Boston’s squad rebounded from the ugliness of the first stanza to control the pace and zone play for much of the rest of the game.


Standouts included the goal-scoring trio, the aforementioned Grzelcyk; AHL signee and former Quinnipiac University captain (and Arizona Coyotes draftee), defenseman Connor Clifton; and undrafted invitee goaltender Kyle Keyser.


Other Notes:

  • Keyser made an amazing save early in period one, going left to right against Pittsburgh forward Teddy Blueger, nearly achieving a full split on the lightning-quick push-off. If Keyser had been just a little less on the ball, we’d have been talking a first-period blowout and not a comeback ‘W.’
  • Emil Johansson had a very solid afternoon for the Bruins, displaying good puck control in the corners, the ability and willingness to slow down play when necessary and the capability to make crisp outlet passes. He is one of the older skaters in the event with pro experience in Sweden, so it makes sense he should be noticeable.
  • Zach Senyshyn wasn’t the complete force that I’d want him to be if he plans on contending for a spot in Boston this year. However, on more than one occasion, his wheels created significant problems for the opposition – including a mad dash up the off-wing that ended uneventfully but was nonetheless fun to watch.
  • Jeremy Lauzon had a few awful turnovers in the first half of the game – including a terrible no-look backhand clear directly to the opposition. He settled down and was solid but not spectacular the rest of the tilt.
  • Jakub Zboril had a similarly (if less noticeable) poor game overall, though he did make one magnificent hit on Pens’ forward Jan Drozg in the third.
  • Zboril’s partner (and numerical inverse 76 to Jakub’s 67), Connor Clifton, had a dynamic game and was all over my notepad. Despite one misread that led to a scoring opportunity for the Bruins’ foes and a couple of poor clears, Clifton was the Bruins’ best defenseman not born in Boston. He made several understated D-to-D chips, forced turnovers, made open ice checks, and displayed the ability to read attackers well… If he continues to play like this through training camp, don’t be surprised when some team with 49 contracts or less snaps him up.
  • Studnicka came out flat like many Bruins but emerged as the team’s best forward through the entirety of the afternoon. It’s little wonder that the B’s snagged the Oshawa Generals’ captain in the second round this year when you see his motor and hockey-sense in action. If anything, the Windsor, Ontario native was trying to play too ‘fine’ throughout the game… Gripping the stick too tightly on a few shots and trying to make some difficult plays when higher-percentage ones were available.



Dissecting The 2017-18 Providence Bruins Roster

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By: Mark Allred                       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last season the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins surprised many in the Calder Cup Playoffs as a fourth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference after posting a 43-23-6-4 2016-17 regular season record and won the first two rounds against teams that have burdened them in recent postseason play. Beating the powerful Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins who were the best team in the regular season with 107 points in the first round best-of-five series was an accomplishment in itself but set the tone for a second round matchup against the Hershey Bears who in the past haven’t been pushovers when it comes to the “second season” of play.

Going the seven-game distance against the Bears and winning the series 4-3 might’ve taken too much out of the team when they played the Syracuse Crunch in the Conference Finals as the B’s looked fatigued losing the best-of-seven tilt 4-1 ending the Baby B’s run to a Calder Cup Final, a feat the organization last saw when they won the Calder Cup in 1998-99.

A third round appearance and exit for this Providence team last year was nothing to be down about as the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins have been the beneficiary of recent NHL Draft picks to restock the developmental depths to be ready and help rebuild a winner in Boston.  The efforts of Bruins prospects such as Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Zane McIntyre, and Rob O’Gara, this upcoming class of AHL ready and finally eligible prospects could be the additions to set the bar higher with Calder Cup expectations in 2018.

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Now at this point in the middle of August, it’s hard to put the pieces exactly together to see what the 2017-18 Baby B’s roster is going to look like, but after messing around with a few scenarios, I came up with what I’d like to see in my opinion and which players could add early chemistry with potential NHL linemates as they look to transition to the highest level in the world in the next few seasons.

Below are my AHL Bruins line projections and personal matchup favorites.  Because the AHL operates mainly on a weekend schedule, with up to three straight games, the names that are listed underneath each line are extra players that can be inserted as a maintenance or rest day, so players don’t get worn out playing consecutive games.

Legend:  Green/Two-Way Contract      Red/Entry-Level Contract       Blue/AHL Contact

Jake DeBrusk                              Austin Czarnik                     Zach Senyshyn

Jesse Gabrielle                           Danton Heinen                    Ryan Fitzgerald
                                                                                                         Jordan Szwarz

Joona Koppanen             Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson           Peter Cehlarik
Chris Porter

Anton Blidh                                Sean Kuraly                           Justin Hickman
Colton Hargrove                        Colby Cave

                            Rob O’Gara                                 Jakub Zboril

                          Matt Grzelcyk                           Jeremy Lauzon
                        Taylor Doherty

                        Tommy Cross                            Emil Johansson
                        Chris Breen                               Connor Clifton

                                                Zane McIntyre

                                              Malcolm Subban

Now, of course, it remains to be seen if this academic above will actually work out because of the scenarios to be had with players like highly touted prospect Anders Bjork and recently signed free-agent Kenny Agostino as both will presumably start with the NHL Bruins when the puck drops in October. When taking a look at the NHL roster, there are a few spots where developing youth can be inserted if you’re willing to gamble with sitting players currently under NHL contracts. General Manager Don Sweeney has preached many times if you’re the better player, you’re going to get the opportunity.  So, let’s see if he lives up to his words as this NHL Bruins coaching staff is set to start a complete year for the first time so we might see an aggressive cycle of younger players coming through when it comes to player demotions or unfortunate injuries.  The Bruins new coaching staff have certainly seen their fair share of players down in Providence, and that could be a great catalyst for comfort when adding a young player to the lineup, unlike the trust issues with inexperience from former bench bosses of the past.

No matter what happens out of camp which is set to start on Thursday, September 7, 2017, with Rookie Camp and Main Camp scheduled to begin a week later on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Massachusetts, it’s going to be interesting to see who works hard and proves they want it while showcasing for the Bruins Brass.. These events are open to the public. Exact start times for these events should be released from Boston or by following their official Twitter account @NHLBruins.

Bruins: Duchene’s Worth The Gamble

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By: Jesse Jiminez                                     Follow Me On Twitter @Jessemedscience 

It’s no secret the Boston Bruins are interested in acquiring Colorado Avalanche star center Matt Duchene. Reported asking price? A young top-4 defenseman. For Boston, that would be 20-year old Brandon Carlo, a price worth paying.

Ok — Hold the pitchforks and homemade Molotov… and let’s take an objective look at why this makes sense for the Bruins.

There are various variables when considering a trade of this magnitude. The state of the franchise, cap implications, organizational depth, core roster, and player projection.

As of today, it is safe to say the Bruins are in excellent shape moving forward on all of those fronts. Boston has one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL and has as many as six rookies with legitimate shots at making the opening night roster. It’s a testament to the dedication Don Sweeney, and the front office has shown along with the willingness to commit to the process without deviating from it. It’s been evident through recent drafts that the Bruins staff do their homework on each individual player — Going off the board with many of their picks. It’s clear they have developed a formula for evaluating and projecting talent as Zach Senyshyn and Jake DeBrusk have proven. Their philosophy is apparently working and has helped shape the future of the Bruins franchise.


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That being said, let’s be realistic here, not every prospect, as talented as they may be will be putting on a Bruins sweater. In a sense, through their careful and patient development process, the Bruins have created a prospect logjam — A luxury most teams would salivate for. This is what happens when so many players are close or ready to make the jump to the NHL. This is not a negative, of course, as it only illustrates the strength of the organizational depth that has been established. What it also brings to light is the flexibility with roster moves. Due to the plethora of talent, the Bruins have accumulated over the last three years they’re in great position to make moves to improve the club today without affecting the future.

Boston has been involved in various trade rumors, but no name has been as prominent than Matt Duchene, especially in recent weeks. The speculation has stirred up mixed reactions from the natives as Brandon Carlo’s name does not seem to go away in trade discussions. Now, I may have started a war on Twitter earlier in the week when I suggested (pretty adamant, actually) I’d trade Carlo for Duchene, no question. But Before you reach for the Louisville Slugger let me make the case…

Defensemen are notorious for their slow development, and many don’t mature until they’re 25-26 years old. There are very few players at the position that can step right in and make an impact at such a young age — “But Carlo had a great year Jesse”… Yes and no. Carlo had a tremendous start to his rookie year; through the first 30 games, the young defensemen logged an average of 22:22 TOI with a respectable plus/- of 7. Clearly, a pleasant surprise for many as he was projected to start the year in the AHL while Rob O’Gara had the inside track early in camp. However, things began to go south, and as many young players do, Carlo seemed to hit a bit of a rookie wall. For the remaining 52 games, Carlo’s ice time took a big hit due to poor play, coming down from 22:22 TOI to 19:50 TOI. As a result, Zdeno Chara’s workload increased dramatically. Chara averaged more than 24-TOI 15 different times during this stretch including 7 games of 26-TOI or more. Not ideal for a 40-year old defenseman whose season-long endurance was tested down the stretch as the Bruins looked to get back into the playoffs.


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It was evident Chara’s increased ice time illustrated some of Carlo’s flaws and deficiencies. This is not a knock on Carlo, he’s 20 years old, playing in the NHL in one of the biggest hockey markets. However, it does remind all of us that playing defensemen in the NHL is not a small task and it takes time to develop the vision, hockey sense and positioning at this level. So how long is too long? 3, 4, 5 years? Long enough to eat through the precious prime years of Bruins core players such as Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask. Is missing this 5-year (or so) window, with this current core group, worth the price of developing defensemen who some scouts believe won’t be more than a top-4? And who some believe there’s not a big gap between him and Rob O’Gara talent wise? To me, it’s an easy ‘NO.’

The Bruins are in a position of strength despite their lack of RHD in the system. I get the argument against trading Brandon Carlo, but Matt Duchene is a unique player with unique skills, same cannot be said for Carlo. The addition of Duchene to this current roster (assuming Bjork and McAvoy excel) will make Boston’s top-6 as dangerous as there is in the NHL. The speed, the vision, the creativity are all attributes Sweeney is looking for in a player. What else helps? Duchene’s versatility and ability to play the wing — And oh, by the way, he’s left-handed, a need given the lack of lefty-centermen on the Bruins as pointed out in a recent article by WEEI’s Ty Anderson. Despite being on horrendous Avalanche teams since starting his NHL career (except 2013-2014) Duchene has managed to average 22-goals and 53-points, including 17-goals and 43-points in just 47 games during the 2012-2013 season. His explosiveness allows him to separate himself from defenders in open ice and he’s able to make something out of a ‘nothing-play’ with his keen hockey sense. Duchene exhibits ‘game-breaking’ ability, an element the Bruins got a taste off this past season from David Pastrnak.

Players of Duchene’s caliber don’t become available often, and the Bruins have put themselves in a position to strike a deal for the former 2009 3rd-overall pick. One main fear of fans is the possibility of Carlo coming back to haunt the Bruins, developing into a top defender in the league. Valid concerns by passionate fans but highly unlikely if you consider a few things. The environment in Colorado is unstable, and the roster does not have the veteran presence to provide the support structure has currently been receiving in Boston, most importantly by Chara. In turn, his development trajectory would theoretically take a step back, suppressing his impact at the NHL level. Not saying Carlo won’t become a good player, I honestly believe he will, but his development in Boston is accelerated because he’s surrounded by the right situation from management all the way down to the players.

Oct 30, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (9) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Another concern by the Boston faithful has been the cap situation and if the Bruins will have the flexibility to extend Duchene after his remaining two years are up. Making things a little more interesting are the contracts of both Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson whose ELC’s would be expiring at the same time. If McAvoy is anything we saw during the playoffs he could command $5-$6.5mill/yr, creating a terrible situation for the Bruins…or would it?

According to the Bruins currently have $12,975,655 in cap space. Assuming David Pastrnak’s deal is around $6mill/yr the Bruins will roughly have $7million remaining with 19 players signed. Of course, there is every intention from Don Sweeney to add a couple of bodies on short money which would most likely leave the Bruins with a projected cap space of $3-$4million. There’s still some flexibility there, and rumors continue to swirl on Boston trying to unload Matt Beleskey ($3.8mill) and Adam McQuaid ($2.75mill) contracts to create even more breathing room.

Looking further down the road, the Bruins are projected to have $22mill in cap space with 13 players signed in 2018-2019. It may not sound like a lot considering you need to round out the roster but keep in mind most of the players, again assuming the kids pan out, will be on their entry-level deals. A way to provide relief would be signing players to bridge deals which will bite the Bruins some time to re-evaluate the roster and create space as needed. All in all, I am not as concerned as most, but I also admit I am naturally optimistic about things in general.

Don Sweeney and the philosophies in which the Bruins are operating in have suckered me in. I trust and believe in the process and if that means giving up Brandon Carlo for Matt Duchene, then heck, I am all in…in fact, I’m doubling down…



Signing Off,

Jesse “The Dominican PuckHead”

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Getting To Know The Newest Boston Bruins Development Camp Forwards

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By Mike Cratty                                                     Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

Earlier today, the 2017 Boston Bruins Development Camp roster and the official schedule was released. Here is what was released:


(Locations and times are subject to change)

Thursday, July 6 (Warrior Ice Arena, Brighton, MA)

-On-ice practice, 11:00 a.m.

Friday, July 7 (Warrior Ice Arena, Brighton, MA)

-On-ice practice, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 8 (Warrior Ice Arena, Brighton, MA)

-On-ice practice, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 9 (Warrior Ice Arena, Brighton, MA)

-On-ice practice, 10:30 a.m.


(Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name)

Forwards: Jack Becker, Anders Bjork, Ryan Donato, Trent Frederic, Jesse Gabrielle, Cameron Hughes+, Mason Jobst*, Joona Koppanen, Karson Kuhlman*, Josh Melnick*, T.J. Moore*, R.J. Murphy*, Cedric Pare, Eric Robinson*, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka

Defensemen: Victor Berglund, Ian Brady*, Daniel Bukac, Cameron Clarke, Jeremy Lauzon+, Ryan Lindgren, Wiley Sherman, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakob Zboril

Goaltenders: Robert McGovern*, Jeremy Swayman, Dan Vladar

*Indicates attendance to Development Camp is on an invite basis

+Indicates that player is unlikely to skate during development camp due to off-season surgery


There are a lot of new faces at development camp this year. The question is, who are these guys and what is worth knowing about them?


Mason Jobst: We start with Mason Jobst, a 23-year-old forward who plays at Ohio State University in the NCAA. Jobst has seen great scoring success in his first two years as a Buckeye and will likely carry some heavy weight on his shoulders heading into his junior season.

The Big-10 is not an easy conference to play in, Jobst doesn’t let it bother him too much. He’ll have a new Big-10 foe, as the University of Notre Dame is relocating there this season. Jobst is left-handed and stands at 5-foot-8, and weighs around 185 pounds. He clearly uses his size well, has great skills, and a great offensive mindset.

In 74 NCAA games to date, Jobst has tallied an impressive 31 goals and 54 assists, good for 85 points. Very impressive underclassman numbers for the Speedway, IN native.

Jobst boasts many illustrious titles, they are listed in the video below:

(Video Credit: OSU Buckeyes YouTube Channel)

Jobst will be a player worth watching at development camp next week and in the future. I definitely wouldn’t hate to see him sign in Boston when his NCAA career comes to an end.

Karson Kuhlman: Next up is 21-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog right-handed center, Karson Kuhlman. Kuhlman is 5-foot-11 and around 180 pounds. He has been a Bulldog in the NCHC for three seasons and will be senior this upcoming fall.

In 122 games as a Bulldog, he has 26 goals and 34 assists, good for 60 points. He only has 29 PIMs in his college career which displays good discipline, a good temper, and poise. Not the most impressive point totals, but serviceable and worth noting nonetheless.

Kuhlman is a native of Cloquet, MN and plays in his home state, a hockey warehouse. The Bulldogs fell to the University of Denver in the National Championship game this past season. He gained some valuable experience in his first season as an upperclassman. After wearing the “A” on his sweater the past two seasons, Kuhlman will be the Bulldogs captain for this season.

Here is a video of Karson and his UMD buddy Adam Johnson. Adam knocked Boston University out of the national tournament in overtime.

(Video Credit: B105 YouTube Channel)

Josh Melnick: The NCAA trend continues with Miami University (Ohio), 21-year-old right-wing, Josh Melnick. The native of Annandale, NJ stands at 5-foot-10 and around 160 pounds

It’s good to see the Bruins bring in a right-winger here because they have a very weak right-wing prospect core outside of Zachary Senyshyn.

Josh has had a solid start to his college hockey career, in 72 games he amassed 18 goals, 34 assists, and 52 points. Most recently, he had 27 points in 35 games. Those are pretty good numbers on a team that struggled last season in Miami U (Ohio). He carried a -13 rating throughout his first two seasons, which isn’t horrendous considering the team he is playing for and the tough teams they have to face. Melnick will wear the “A” on his sweater next season for the second time.

Melnick is a player that I am most excited about. He made good of an uncertain situation that for his sake will hopefully improve. Also, he is a right-wing, which is a position that I have been screaming for the Don Sweeney to improve. Whether Melnick ends up wearing the eight-spoked B someday is a discussion for the future, not now.

(Video Credit: MiamiRedHawks YouTube Channel)

T.J. Moore: Holy Cross forward, T.J. Moore hails from a state known as a hockey warehouse, Minnesota, like Josh Melnick. The Edina, MN native stands at 5-foot-8, 169 pounds and uses his size well, especially when in the process of creating offense.

In 97 games in the AHA with Holy Cross, he has tallied 39 goals, 37 assists, and 76 points. Most recently, Moore was nearly a point-per-game players with 25 points in 27 games. Moore is an exciting and skilled right-handed forward.

For the same reasons as Josh Melnick, I am excited to see what T.J. Moore can do at camp, and I look forward to monitoring him closely in the future.

(Video Credit: GoHolyCross YouTube Channel)

R.J. Murphy: R.J. Murphy has a different story. He is 18-years-old and 6-foot-2, around 195 pounds. He spent this past hockey season playing for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, as well as for St. Sebastian’s school, a prep school in Needham, Massachusetts. He didn’t do much with Dubuque, just 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 points in 13 games.

He didn’t do much with Dubuque, just 2 goals, 2 assists, and 4 points in 13 games. Things turned around at St. Sebastian’s, playing against top prep teams and their respective young talent. At St. Sebastian’s, in his hometown of Needham, MA, he compiled 13 goals, 17 assists, and 30 points in 29 games to make him a little over a point-per-game player.

He is committed to Harvard University for the 2018-2019 season, and his father won a national championship there in 1989. It will be interesting to see what the youngster can do. Bruins fans may be able to monitor him closely in his time as a member of the Harvard Crimson in the future.

(Video Credit: Dubuque Fighting Saints YouTube Channel)

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Cedric Pare: The first Boston Bruins 2017 draft pick on our list. Pare was selected in the sixth round, 173rd overall and is from Lévis, QC, Canada. He is 18-years-old and stands at 6-foot-2, around 205 pounds. Pare is a left-handed shooting centerman and isn’t known for his explosive scoring touch, but his two-way game. Part of this is because the Saint John Sea Dogs were one of the CHL’s best teams this year and playing time was sparse.

His numbers were lackluster this past year and looked like this; 64 games, 5 goals, 11 assists, and 16 points. He played five games with the Sea Dogs during the 2015-2016 season, so this past season was his first full one in the rigorous QMJHL. An increase in playing time in the future could improve his development.

Prospect guru, Kirk Luedeke of, has some good analysis of Pare’s skill set:

“Big-bodied, toolsy center who didn’t see a lot of playing time on a stacked, veteran team that won the QMJHL championship and played for the 2017 Memorial Cup. Strong below the dots and in the corners, but skating needs to improve mainly in the first steps and lateral agility to boost an effective short-area game. Hard shot but needs to get it off faster. Grinds for pucks and does well to shield them in possession but not overly skilled or creative. At his best when driving the net and using his size to box out defenders.”

Kirk also mentions how Pare resembles a combination of Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner. A very interesting combo for sure there. He also mentions how he isn’t flashy but is heavy on the puck, a quality in players that the Bruins like. Pare will be an interesting player to watch at camp.

Eric Robinson: 

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Eric Robinson resurrects the college hockey trend, as he is a Princeton Tiger. Princeton plays in the ECAC. Robinson is 22-years-old and 6-foot-2, around 200 pounds and is a left-handed shooter. He is a New Jersey native, like Josh Melnick, but from Bellmawr instead of Annandale.

His first two seasons weren’t anything special as a Tiger, but with increased playing time this season, he had 13 goals and eight assists, good for 21 points in 34 games. One of the bigger guys in the new crop of forwards, Robinson will wear the “C” on his jersey as a senior at Princeton.

Jack Studnicka:

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Rounding out our list is the second Boston Bruins 2017 on our list. Jack Studnicka hails from Tecumseh, ON, Canada. He plays for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals and displays some quality assets. At 6-foot-1, around 175 pounds, the right-handed Canadian centerman skates well and has a knack for directing offensive flow and generating scoring chances. The 18-year-old was drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft, 53rd overall.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft, 53rd overall. Some, including myself, thought a goalie might have been taken in the second round. Jack Studnicka is fine with me though, Jeremy Swayman is the newest Bruins goalie and was taken in the fourth-round.

Studnicka doubled his point totals from his first season as a General. In 64 games, he scored 18 goals and added 34 assists, good for 52 points. He excelled in the playoffs as well, with five goals, 10 assists, and 15 points in 11 games.

Studnicka is a very exciting young player and will have plenty of eyes on him at development camp.

His older brother Sam is an OHL alumni of the Windsor Spitfires, Ottawa 67’s and Sarnia Sting and now plays college hockey for St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Here is Kirk Luedeke’s take on Jack Studnicka:

“Rangy center’s stock really came on after a disappointing regular season got a surge with strong OHL playoff and subsequent World Under-18 tournament performances. His thin, reedy build will require significant off-ice conditioning work to add some mass and strength to. Above average skater who has the quick-burst to get to pucks in short areas and can also beat defenders in open ice. Handles and shoots the puck well; has the offensive tool kit to put up bigger numbers in the OHL next year and beyond. A smart, hard-working two-way center who is good on faceoffs and understands the importance of three-zone hockey. A solid citizen and leader type- will have a letter on his jersey at some point.”

Focus on the last sentence in particular:

“Solid citizen and leader type- will have a letter on his jersey at some point.” Not something you see in player analysis much, regardless of the sport.

Not something you see in player analysis much, regardless of the sport. This intrigues me even more about Studnicka, and I have high hopes for him, as all Bruins fan should.

This new crop of Bruins forwards and possible Bruins forwards looks promising. What matters most is what they can do in development camp next week.

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