Boston Bruins: Prospect Preview
The Boston Bruins have the luck of having some of the best depth in the league, however some salary cap issues caused some key players to be lost including right winger Jarome Iginla who went to free agency. With their salary being tight with the cap, they will be looking inward to the prospects for a replacement. This provides a prime opportunity for a few prospects to strut their stuff and try to shine. Below is the Boston Prospect Depth Chart. Though the definition of a prospect is not defined, to me a prospect is below the age of 26, and under 100 games played in the NHL, or 50 games for a goaltender. Yes this means some of the more solidified young guns make the cut, but until they have shown a good enough sample size to prove their worth is consistent, they should still be deemed a prospect. Players have flopped in their sophomore seasons before after all.
BOSTON PROSPECT DEPTH CHART
Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Anthony Camara (Pro) – Ryan Spooner (Pro) – David Pastrnak (Euro)
Peter Cehlarik (Euro) – Alexander Khokhlachev (Pro) – Seth Griffith (Pro)
Matt Fraser (Pro) – Ryan Donato (USHL) – Brian Ferlin (Pro)
Justin Florek (Pro) – Ryan Fitzgerald (NCAA) – Jared Knight (Pro)
Anders Bjork (USHL) – Rob Flick (Pro) – Alexander Fallstrom (Pro)
Torey Krug (Pro) – Matt Bartkowski (Pro)
Joe Morrow (Pro) – Maxim Chudinov (Euro)
Matt Grzelcyk (NCAA) – Tommy Cross (Pro)
Linus Arnesson (Euro) – David Warsofsky (Pro)
Malcolm Subban (Pro)
Niklas Svedberg (Pro)
Zane Gothberg (NCAA)
As written earlier in this article, a salary cap issue has caused a couple openings in the Bruins roster for a couple prospects to take advantage of. Ryan Spooner has been looking for a chance to make the line up for a while now, and appeared ready last season for the jump. Recent 1st round pick David Pastrnak has impressed some at the camps so far and has been mulled over for the spot. Joe Morrow had a very solid season in the AHL on defense and Niklas Svedberg is expected to make the jump to be the new backup goaltender for Tuukka Rask. Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug are locks for the Bruins blueline.
The Bruins have made no trades adding prospects to their pool but they did add a handful in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft including David Pastrnak (1st – 25th), Ryan Donato (2nd – 56th), Danton Heinen (4th – 116th), Anders Bjork (5th – 146th), and Emil Johansson (7th – 206th). The Bruins prospect pool could use some additions this coming season, but a big reason for the small pool is how young their roster is as many have made the jump already. In fact Dougie Hamilton was a few games above 100 and almost made the depth chart.
There are a couple dark horses in the Bruins prospect pool. Seth Griffith was drafted in the 2013 draft as an overager but really impressed in his 1st year as a pro. Joe Morrow was a former 1st round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has traveled a lot in his young career. First in a trade that moved him to the Dallas Stars for Brendan Morrow then from the Stars to the Bruins in the Tyler Seguin deal. He finished a very solid year in the AHL and could surprise people and make the jump this year.