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Bruins Prospect News and Notes

Discussion in 'Rick Middleton's Pron 'Stache: Bruins Forum' started by cshea, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    JFJ’s comments about his ‘third line ceiling’ certainly didn’t help, and I think it’s clear he has a higher upside than that
  2. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Their best prospect might even be Donato who isn’t in the system yet.

    Edit: And he already has a goal tonight. He had a 3g 1a game last weekend against Vermont. He seems...good.
  3. locknload

    locknload Member SoSH Member

    Crazy how far beleskey has fallen. Playing third line on an ahl team (albiet a stacked one)
  4. jsinger121

    jsinger121 @jsinger121 SoSH Member

    Donato is by far their best prospect. He could play in the NHL now from a few college coaches I know that have faced him.
  5. TheRealness

    TheRealness Don't make him go all Lucic on your ash SoSH Member

    I would agree with this from a non-AHL/NHL roster perspective. I hope he gets a top 9 role in the Olympics, because he gives me added incentive to watch the US team play.

    As for Frederic, he got more of an opportunity in the Bronze medal game and shined. The USA team was deep, and arguably the deepest at the forward position in the tournament, and Frederic was often buried on the 4th line. In what I saw, he plays a good possession game, and moves well for his size. He's probably a #2/3 Center prospect-wise, but I could see him serving a power forward wing role as well. Long way to go for him, but he looks solid.

    Lindgren is what he is: a stay at home defenseman, similar to their 1st from this year, whose name I can't pronounce, who played very conservatively for Finland in the WJC. Finland in general disappointed, and it would have been nice to see Urho be more creative offensively. Both seem redundant, but I like Lindgren more overall.

    Steen was a nice little surprise, as was Koompannen. Very solid tournaments for them, and gives them even more to think about.

    As @TFP said, the Bruins "problem" now is figuring out which kids to invest in long term, and which to cut bait with. I'd really like to see them keep JFK, Bjork, DeBrusk, Lauzon, and Donato. Outside of that, I'd be pretty open to them moving on from some of the other guys. I just don't know what value at present guys like Zboril and Senyshyn have, although Senyshyn is a guy that I'd like to keep as well.

    Great problem to have for sure.
  6. FL4WL3SS

    FL4WL3SS Mrs. Dennis Wideman SoSH Member

    Do they really need to figure that out now though? I think we all know that a few of these kids will fizzle out, so the "problem" most likely takes care of itself.

    While the system looks great now, I would guess only a handful make any meaningful impact in the NHL. I think Sweeney has plenty of time to let the dust settle. He can continue to use the bottom two lines as a rotating try out like he's done this year. I think it's the best use of those lines and the best use of the assets he has.

    I just don't see any value in moving on from any of the players they have in the system right now.
  7. kenneycb

    kenneycb Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play SoSH Member

    I think it’s more just in terms of asset management. If they don’t think a guy is going to amount to something, they should certainly look to move him especially if it’s going to help the B’s.
  8. FL4WL3SS

    FL4WL3SS Mrs. Dennis Wideman SoSH Member

    While I get that, I'm not sure any of them are at a point where you can make that determination which is why I think it'll play itself out.
  9. Eddie Jurak

    Eddie Jurak Go Leafs Go Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Yes. The advantage of having so many legit prospects is that, after the inevitable attrition, a few will still be left standing...
  10. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

    Lindgren was the best Bs prospect in th WJs for my look. I’m not positive that Frederic is a top 6 guy, but if he doesn’t quite have that skill, he’s got the rest of the game to have a nice career. Size, smarts, face offs, etc...I like the kid a lot even if I wonder what his NHL ceiling is.

    I think Lindgren will be a better version of Grzelcyk.
  11. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Bjork had 1g 2a in the 2 games this weekend.
  12. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Bjork and Cehlarik have goals today. 2 assists for JFK.
  13. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Let’s do a “bored and Bruins bye week” check in on the system...


    Jack Studnicka- 40 games 11-31=42
    Cedric Pare- 38 games 9-14=23
    Daniel Bukac-14 games 0-4=4
    Kyle Keyser- .901 save percentage


    Ryan Donato- 15 games 14-8=22
    Wiley Sherman- 15 games 2-3=5
    Trent Frederic- 22 games 8-8=16
    Cameron Hughes- 23 games 7-9=16
    Ryan Lindgren- 21 games 2-2=4
    Jack Becker- 13 games 1-1=2
    Jeremy Swayman- .932 save percentage


    Urho Vaakanainen- 24 games 1-3=4
    Joona Koppanen- 25 games 0-8=8
    Oskar Steen- 28 games 3-2=5
    Alex Khokhlachev- 46 games 14-26=40
    Victor Berglund- 30 games 1-6=7


    Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson- 35 games 11-13=24
    Zachary Senyshyn- 34 games 6-10=16
    Ryan Fitzgerald- 25 games 6-6=12
    Jakub Zboril- 32 games 0-5=5
    Jeremy Lauzon- 15 games 0-2=2
    Peter Cehlarik- 8 games 5-3=8
    Emil Johansson- 19 games- 1-4=5
    Austin Czarnik- 29 games 9-23=32
    Anders Bjork- 3 games 2-2=4
    Jesse Gabrielle- 21 games 1-3=4*
    Zane McIntyre- .893 save percentage
    Daniel Vladar- .910 save percentage (ECHL, not Providence)

    * Gabrielle was returned to the WHL Regina Pats last week. Not sure if this was performance based or simply a too many bodies situation where he was likely to lose significant ice time with Providence adding Beleskey, Bjork and Cehlarik.

    So there we go. I think that covers most of the group. A lot of the Providence kids, especially the D, have run into injury problems. Hopefully they have a healthy run here in the second half. Koko would be an intriguing name to return, he seems to be playing well. Wonder if he will be on whatever they are calling the Russia n Olympic team. Koppanen and Steen had strong WJC’s.

    The surprise in the system is probably Swayman who has come out of nowhere. He leads Hockey East in save percentage as a Freshman. For what it is worth his WJC teammates Oettinger and Woll have .903 and .898 save percentages in the same league.

    Cap Friendly has the B’s at 43 contracts. The second half watch will be on Donato, Sherman and possibly Frederic, though I think they let Frederic stay another year. Harvard is having a rather laksadaisical season and have drifted to 24th in the Pairwise rankings, so they are no sure thing to make the tourney. Especially since they are losing their best player to the Olympics.
  14. RoDaddy

    RoDaddy Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Much appreciation for putting all this together! Swayman's (and Donato) numbers also jumped out to me and he's only a freshman! OTOH, can Vaakanainen be any more scoring challenged? I know that's the scouting report, but these numbers are even worse than expected
  15. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    I honestly wouldn’t read too much into Vaakanainen’s counting stats. He is 18 years old playing in a pro league against 30 year olds. I don’t have a TOI breakdown but I doubt he is getting much PP time. It is really hard to get a read on kids playing in the Finland and Sweden pro leagues without actually watching them, especially defensemen.
  16. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Donato has 2 goals tonight through 2 periods.
  17. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Ryan Lindgren killed a man.

  18. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Good on Pastujov. In the NHL these days Lindgren would’ve been jumped
  19. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

    Some comments from Providence coach Jay Leach on Zboril’s development:


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