Boston Bruins: Projecting The Kids


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By: Jesse Jimenez                             Follow Me On Twitter @Jessemedscience

How many times over the last 2-3 years have we heard the terms “speed,” “youth,” and “skill” thrown around the NHL? The league is evolving at a rapid rate, and many teams have already started to adopt the new model. Enforcers seem to have been put on the “endangered” list, conceding to the less violent albeit a much more entertaining brand of hockey. The new style of play has no doubt benefited the league from a marketing and promotional perspective, attracting a diverse global audience. Boston, an original six team, and one of the NHL’s most prestigious organizations have already started putting its fingerprints on the new culture.

It’s no secret the Boston Bruins have one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL and fans got a small taste of it this past season. Young 20-year-old defenseman Brandon Carlo exceeded expectations, making the team out of training camp and putting up a solid line of  6g-10a-16pts with a plus 9 rating while averaging just north of 20-mins TOI per game. University of Denver sophomore standout Danton Heinen had a cup of non-expresso coffee with the parent club before being sent down to Providence for some seasoning. Despite not registering a point in 8 games with the Bruins Heinen showed flashes of creativity, smarts, and essential tools that allowed him to capture 2015 NCHC Rookie of the year and 2016 NCHC best forward awards. After a dry spell for Providence Heinen really turned it on during the last quarter of the season and into the playoffs, leading the team in scoring with 18 points in 17 games including 9-goals. Youngsters such as Austin Czarnik, Peter Cehlarik, Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari, Rob O’Gara, Anton Blidh and Matt Grzelcyk also got brief stints during the 2016-2017 campaign.

Ironically enough, we have not even touched on the top-tier prospects knocking on the door for the Bruins. Recently signed Notre Dame sophomore dynamo Anders Bjork tops the forward list with his dynamic skating, exceptional hockey sense, and world-class creativity. Bjork was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker this past year after posting 21g and 52-points in just 39 games for the Fighting Irish. Bjork may top the list for forwards due to his polished offensive game, but Zachary Senyshyn may have the purest natural ability of the crop. After registering back to back 40g+ seasons for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL Senyshyn is poised to make the best out of development camp after missing out last year due to mononucleosis — He saw limited time at the tail-end of the main camp in September. Then there’s Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, the Sweedish Bergeron as I like to call him. The Boston University product, whose game resembles the 4-time Selke award winner (not too shabby), may be the most rounded forward prospect and Boston’s top prospect at the center position. JFK possesses excellent hockey sense and vision and has a knack for potting big goals. His two-way game is polished and will translate to the NHL, making him an immediate contributor in all situations.

These are three excellent and exciting prospects, but none make you reach for the popcorn more than Charlie McAvoy will. Equipped with a 3-zone game, smooth skating, excellent vision, and a physical edge McAvoy may be the favorite for the Calder trophy this coming season. The former Boston University standout and 2017 WJC Gold Medalist took the NHL by storm as a 19-year old baby-faced rookie during the Stanley Cup playoffs. While the offensive numbers don’t jump off the page, 3 apples in 6 games, it was his matured play in all 3 zones that really captured the attention of fans, team executives, league analysts, and scouts. McAvoy averaged more than 25-min TOI per game — And was the go to quarterback for Boston’s first power-play unit. His ability to jump into the play, provide support for his forwards and transition defense to offense with a crisp first pass pretty much cemented how special and unique he is. McAvoy has generated lots of comparison to Los Angeles Kings stud defensemen Drew Doughty, sure Bruins fans weren’t too disappointed to hear that.

With an influx of young talent knocking on the door this year lets take a look at some lineup possibilities along with realistic expectations for each player.

Boston Bruins 2017-2018 Opening Day lineup:









Jake DeBrusk — 18g 24a

Anders Bjork — 20g 28a

Danton Heinen — 16g 25a

JFK — 13g 30a

Charlie McAvoy — 10g 32a

Of course, there are plenty of moving parts and variables in play. Free agency is around the corner, and the Bruins remain very active in the trade market as they continue their search for a top-4 left shooting defensemen and top-6 forward. That being said, the Toronto Maple Leafs proved that young, inexperienced players can compete in the NHL. With a well-rounded veteran core of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, David Backes, Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara the Bruins find themselves in an excellent position to integrate their young talent.

Other Prospects that could push for spots:

Jakub Zboril

Jeremy Lauzon

Jesse Gabrielle

Agree? Don’t agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well. Who do you have making the Bruins this year?

Signing off,

Jesse “The Dominican PuckHead”

-Stay Inspired




Cratty: My Boston Bruins Picks For The 2017 NHL Draft

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By Mike Cratty                                                Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

The first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will take place tomorrow night, Friday, June 23. This draft is a little different than the past two in the sense that there isn’t a stud considered to be at Auston Matthews and Conor McDavid level. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a wealth of talent within the draft class. The Bruins first two selections in the draft are the most important, 18th overall and 53rd overall. Those are the picks that will be highlighted going forward. Their other selections include picks #111, 173, 195, and 204.

18th overall: C/RW, Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

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With the 18 overall pick, Don Sweeney attacks the team’s biggest prospect hole, the right wing position by selecting Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets. One major thing that will stick out to Don Sweeney is his positional versatility. What General Manager wouldn’t love a player who can play multiple positions? Lind can do that.

Where Lind will go is kind of a tossup, but Bruins fans shouldn’t be disappointed if they see Lind taken 18th overall. He is typically projected from pick 18 to late in the first round. He would add a great set of skills to a position within the organization that needs it. He was ranked 23rd on the NHL Central Scouting List for North American skaters. Lind is a player with high hockey IQ, an impressive ability to make things happen offensively and a solid shot. His high hockey IQ allows him to make plays with the best possible outcome in mind, set up offensive chances and pounce on loose pucks in the defensive, neutral and offensive zones. He isn’t the biggest kid, listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds according to, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.

This past season with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, Lind exploded for 30 goals, 57 assists, and 87 points in 70 regular season games. He then added six goals, six assists, and 12 points in 17 playoff games.

This was a massive improvement on the 14 goals, 27 assists, and 41 points he tallied in the 2015-2016 season with the Rockets. In this same season, he had zero points in the playoffs. To go from zero to 12 points during the part of the season with the highest amount of pressure shows great poise and confidence.

Another impressive facet of Lind’s game is his speed. His speed is a huge reason as to why he is so good at pushing the pace in the offensive zone especially. The combination of his many skills, mostly offensively, make him an attractive draft target. With some work on his defensive gain and physical maturity, Lind would be a welcome addition. David Pastrnak has clearly surpassed prospect status and Zachary Senyshyn needs some company in the right-wing core. Insert Kole Lind.

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53rd overall: G, Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA)

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The Boston Bruins need a high-end elite goaltender prospect. They can get one this year and Jake Oettinger would be an excellent choice. Goaltenders are a bit trickier to project and evaluate than centers. Oettinger could very well be taken before pick #53, but his projections show him as a late first-round to second round prospect and possibly the first goalie off the board.

Having seen Jake Oettinger hold down the crease live numerous times, as well as on TV, he plays well above his age. As just a freshman this past year playing in Hockey East, one of the toughest conferences to play in throughout the NCAA, he was one of the nation’s top goaltenders. His poise, talent and athletic capabilities in the net are top notch. He displays excellent vision as well which makes tracking pucks easy and allows him to see the play in front of him at a high level.

He is a tower in the crease at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds according to and moves very swiftly and effectively for someone of that size. NHL Central Scouting has Oettinger ranked as the #1 North American goalie in this year’s draft class. He led Boston University to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament before falling to tournament finalist, Minnesota-Duluth. Oettinger’s endurance was tested in the two NCAA tournament games he suited up for. The Terriers first round matchup went to double OT against the University of North Dakota, then OT against Minnesota-Duluth. Both games in which Oettinger played very well in.

In 35 appearances with the Boston University Terriers, Jake Oettinger finished his freshman year with a record of 22-11-3, a 2.11 GAA, and a .927 save percentage. Extremely impressive numbers for any goalie, nevermind a freshman. Oettinger is a guy that I see as an elite NHL goaltender someday and Sweeney would be foolish not to take him, if he’s available, at 53rd overall.

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If Don Sweeney manages to snatch up Lind and Oettinger, Bruins fans should be very happy. The Bruins would address their two biggest prospect needs and add some more talent to be excited about down the road.

Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Is Chasing 40


By Mark Allred      Follow Me On Twitter  @BlackAndGold277

With a two-goal effort in last night’s 6-0 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds victory over the Guelph Storm, Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn is now just one goal away from reaching the 40 goal mark for the second consecutive season. Last year he set a career high of 45 goals and with seven games remaining in the regular season for the Greyhounds this year his chances are good to break his personal record.


The 42-15-3-1 Greyhounds are sitting in second place in the Western Conference and with 88 points have clinched a spot in the 2017 OHL playoff picture. Currently at 39 goals so far this year the 6′-3″ 196-pound Ottawa, Ontario native has a slight advantage breaking the 40 goal mark as his Hounds travel to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to take on the Rangers.  In 11 career OHL games against the Rangers, Senyshyn has 10-2-12 numbers against tomorrow’s opponent and could set the tone chasing a career high of 46 tally’s with the limited games remaining.


The 2015 first round selection of the Bruins has 58 points in 52 games thus far and has 111-59-170 career stats in 188 games played. Senyshyn turns 20-years-old at the end of this March and will be eligible to play next season in the American Hockey League with the Bruins top minor-pro affiliate the Providence Bruins. As an organization, the right wing position looks thin in developmental ranks, and Zach certainly could add a new level of talent to the position. He could very well be a solid replacement for the slumping Jimmy Hayes who’s failed to live up to expectations as a local player playing for his childhood team.

Although Senyshyn started the 2016-17 OHL season with struggles, it didn’t take long for him to jump back on the horse offensively to find his game. In his first 14 games of this year, he went a slow 5-2-7 but got things together to go 34-17-51 in 38 games afterward. His slow start could be contributed to scary health situations over last summer’s offseason when he missed the Bruins annual development camp with a nasty care of Mononucleosis and missed September’s rookie camp with an emergency appendectomy. He did make a full recovery enough to participate in the NHL Bruins training camp before being released from his training camp experience back to his Greyhounds Canadian junior team.

Below is a link to last night’s 6-0 Sault Ste. Marie win over the Guelph Storm 

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Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Continues Streak


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By Mark Allred   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last night Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Zach Senyshyn scored his 32nd goal of the season in a 7-5 victory over the Guelph Storm at the Essar Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The 2015 first round selection of the Boston Bruins scored the game-winning goal at the 12:16 mark of the third period to help the second-ranked Western Conference Hounds team to a 77 point 37-13-2-1 record. With the win, the Soo are only two points behind Conference-leading London Knights who have 79.

In 44 games played this season the 6′-3″ 196-pound right winger has 32-13-45 numbers with 15 games remaining in the 2016-17 season. Senyshyn is currently on a three-game goal streak and has contributed 12-2-14 totals in his last 15 games. The Ottawa, Ontario native is ranked fifth in goals and 42nd in overall points.

In 180 career games in the Ontario Hockey League all with the Greyhounds, the crafty and speedy winger has 104-53-157 numbers in his third full season in one of the highest leagues in Canadian Junior Hockey.


The 37-13-2-1 Greyhounds are at home once again tonight when they play host to the 24-21-1-4 Flint Firebirds. Puck drops from the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at 7:07 pm. Sault Ste. Marie looks to continue their three-game winning streak against the Firebirds who are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the London Knights on Wednesday night.

Last night’ss full game highlights between the Greyhounds and Guelph Storm matchup can be seen in the link provided below.

Some Videos below to give a better look at what type of player the 20-year-old forward could be for the Boston Bruins in the future.


Bruins Struggles Continue


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By: Mark Allred    Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins are currently on a four-game losing streak with a loss on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earlier this evening and looking at the next two games ahead, it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to be any better. This week’s games will have the Detroit Red Wing visiting Boston on Tuesday night and the Penguins who beat up on an effortless B’s team today coming to the TD Garden on Thursday night.


Now I’m not one for writing articles about trashing my beloved team, but I have serious concerns about our beloved Bruins and their efforts on home ice and in front of hard working paying fans/season ticket holders. The B’s are currently on a two-game winless streak at home but what’s more frightening is when you look at the games left in the 2016-17 NHL regular season campaign and see the Bruins will be playing 19 of the remaining 32 games at the TD in Boston. As all Bruins fans know this organization in the past few seasons has had a tough time when returning home.

The Bruins and their home woes seemed to trend downward after going 31-7-3 in 2013-14 which would be the last time this franchise has been involved in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following that year the B’s went a respectable 24-10-7 in 2014-15, then hit a brick wall in 2015-16 when the team had a pathetic under .500 record (17-18-6). This season the team is 10-12-0 on home ice and on the path to be even worse than last year.

With the lack of motivation to make changes that many seem necessary, Don Sweeney and other members of management seemingly want to stand firm and ride out the year to not push the panic button and risk key members of this team’s future. The Bruins prospects in the lower levels of development are mere years away from breaking out as many of them will be operating on low-risk entry-level deals creating valuable cap space to have the flexibility to afford a decent player as this franchise continues the rebuild.

Additions By Subtractions Approach In The Future?


With the Bruin likely walking away from defensemen like John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow at the end of this season and keeping the team’s obligation with Captain Zdeno Chara for another year, this organization could make some impressive additions with younger talent. This would be a great time to promote defensemen currently with the AHL’s Providence such as Matt Grzelcyk or Rob O’Gara or blueliners that are eligible for the AHL or NHL next season, like Jeremy Lauzon or Jakub Zboril. These young defensemen that are knocking on the door of the NHL are going to put General Manager Don Sweeney and organization in a tough spot with the extensions given to vets Adam McQuiad and Kevan Miller. Let’s not forget about 2016 Bruins draft pick Charlie McAvoy and where he could end up as he’s in his sophomore season close by at Boston Universtiy.


Now the offense in the future is certainly going to be interesting as the team will most definitely say good-bye to forward Jimmy Hayes as he’s got one more year left on his deal but can be bought out after this season fro a mere $816,000. Do you resign Dominic Moore whos’s added a nice touch to the fourth line? Has Tim Schaller and Austin Czarnik earned more time in the NHL? What do you do with Ryan Spooner as the pending extensions of young forward David Pastrnak is set to begin contract negotiation at the end of this season? Is Riley Nash deserving of a buyout at the end of the year over Jimmy Hayes at his walking number could be under a million? All questions that will be addressed in the coming time but the future is something to be noticed now.

Looking at the forward depth players such as Peter Cehlarik, Sean Kuraly, Anton Blidh, Danton Heinen, and even Jake deBrusk who’s been playing decent lately all have shots at an NHL roster spot during the team’s annual training camp every September. Not to mention forward prospects Jesse Gabrielle and Zach Senyshyn who are officially eligible for the AHL and NHL next season as both are currently playing their last seasons of Canadian Junior Hockey.

Relax My Friends………. Easier Than Said Than Done

With all this being said, Yes I understand the fans and the passion to win now, but I think this Bruins organization is going to need 3-5 years to build a solid team like the one that brought the team the Stanley Cup in 2011. Embrace the youth coming into the system and have patients as these young men develop the skills needed to be ultimate professionals in the world’s best league.

Update: Bruins 2015 First Round Selections


By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

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

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

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

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


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

The Brno, Czech Republic native is currently in his third season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, and in 114 career games in the Canadian Juniors, he’s contributed 25-46-71 numbers, a career +24, and 142 penalty minutes. In my opinion, I’d like to see the 19-year-old Zboril play a full season next year in the AHL with the Providence Bruins as he’ll be eligible to play as a 20-year-old per the CHL-NHL agreement. A full season of minor-pro hockey will only benefit his game and the organization moving forward as current NHL Bruins contracts come close to expiring.’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on Zboril in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

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

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


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

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

DeBrusk is a Bruins type of player that isn’t afraid to get in the dirty areas along the boards and a strong ability to crash the net while possessing the puck. He’s a great depth addition and a work-in-progress but in my opinion, not NHL ready for at least two years.’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on DeBrusk in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senyshyn will be eligible for the AHL or NHL next season and in my opinion another player that will benefit greatly with a full season of learning the Bruins system in the minor levels of the organization. He has great skills and an explosive stride and should be a great asset in future years.’s Curtis Joe had this scouting report below on Senyshyn in 2015 and is a proper evaluation of his game.

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

Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Has Big Friday Night


By Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

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


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




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

Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Is On Hot Streak


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By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins forward prospect, Zachary Senyshyn didn’t exactly have the greatest 2016 summer offseason as health issues hindered his participation in bruins organizational events such as their annual development camp and rookie camp. In July of this year the 2015 first round selection of the B’s was diagnosed with mononucleosis and in September before rookie camp started in September, he was hospitalized with an emergency appendectomy.  The 19-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native did participate in the NHL Bruins training camp but was released to his Canadian Junior team shortly after.



After his return to the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team the 6′-3″ 194-pound right winger had a slow start to his third year of junior development posting 5-2-7 totals in his first 13 games as he struggled to get back to the player he was last season where he contributed 45-20-65 numbers in 66 games. Although his slow start may be due to his unfortunate summer health issues, his game lately has shown signs of his past play that could turn into a solid year regardless.


After contributing a goal and an assist in last night’s come from behind 5-3 Greyhounds victory on the road against the Mississauga Steelheads, Senyshyn continued an impressive streak which has him now scoring points in six straight games. In that timeframe, the Bruins first-round pick has seemingly turned his 2016-17 OHL season around with 4-5-9 totals and looks to continue his streak tomorrow afternoon when the Greyhounds travel to Tribute Communities Centre with a battle against the Oshawa Generals at 2:05 pm.

In 19 games this season for the Greyhounds, Senyshyn has 9-7-16 numbers, which adds to his impressive three-year OHL career with 84-47-128 numbers in 155 games. After his commitment to his respected OHL team is over, he’ll most likely join the AHL’s Providence Bruins and will be eligible for a full-time position with the Baby B’s in the upcoming 2017-18 season if he hasn’t already made the NHL Bruins roster.

Below is a link to watch last night’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Mississauga Steelheads highlights.

Here are some videos of Zach Senyshyn and what kind of skills he could bring to the Boston Bruins in the next season or two.

Bruins Prospect Zach Senyshyn Looks For More Consistency


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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins 2015 first round selection Zach Senyshyn is not off to a great start to the young 2016-17 season and looks to snap a two-game pointless streak today as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds take on the Guelph Storm. Puck drops from the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario at 2 pm this afternoon.


In nine regular season game this year the 19-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native has only contributed goals in two games (4-1-5) and seems to be struggling offensively since being returned to his junior team after a decent NHL Bruins training camp. Senyshyn didn’t exactly have the best 2016 calendar year health-wise as he missed July’s Bruins development camp with a nasty case of mononucleosis and missed last months Bruins rookie camp with an emergency appendectomy.



A minus player for six of the nine games played he certainly has his opportunity to produce offensively with 40 shots on goal but has failed to create consistency on a Greyhounds team that’s also struggled out of the gate with a 9-5-1 record for third place in the OHL’s West Division and sixth place in the Eastern Conference. In 145 games in the OHL Senyshyn had contributed 76-41-117 numbers with his best year coming in the 2015-16 season when he posted 45-20-65 totals in 66 games.

Next season Senyshyn will take a major step forward in his continued development as he’ll be eligible to play with the AHL’s Providence Bruins or maybe make the ultimate leap to the NHL Bruins who are light on the right side and might have space on the roster to accommodate his arrival. No matter where he lands in his first year of professional hockey next season, there’s no doubt of his talents regardless of his slow start this year in the Canadian Junior level.