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Other the John Beecher, pretty much all the important prospects are in Providence. They start tonight in Lehigh Valley.

Carey - Studnicka - Steen
Bjork - Frederic - Lantosi
Fitzgerald - Gaunce - Senyshyn
Lauko - Shen - Hughes

Vaakanainen - Petrovic
Zboril - Didier
Lauzon - Zech

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Vladar

Cehlarik is there but got hurt in practice this week.
 

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B’s win 3-0. Bjork had a goal and an assist. Carey and Gaunce the other 2 goals. Lagace shutout.
 

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Axel Andersson is headed to Moncton. Divver says likely back to Providence for playoffs depending on how long Moncton's season goes.
 

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They won the second game 2-1 in OT. Vladar played well, and Gaunce had the game winner in OT and an assist. Fitzgerald scored.
 

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The Providence Bruins, loaded with prospects this season, earned four points against two tough opponents, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Hershey Bears, in their opening games last weekend. But in the AHL, it’s not about wins and losses. Development is king, and Providence coach Jay Leach is prepared for another important campaign.
“We’re relatively young, but it’s a nice mix, so far,” said Leach. “There are a lot of prospects to talk about – quite a few.”
Evaluations are still fresh from Bruins training camp, but it’s always important to see how these younger players respond to start the season in the minors.
 

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3-2 winners tonight. Lauko, Bjork and Steen were the goal scorers, Steen’s the GWG in the final minute of the game. Vaakanainen had 2 assists.
 

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3-2 winners tonight. Lauko, Bjork and Steen were the goal scorers, Steen’s the GWG in the final minute of the game. Vaakanainen had 2 assists.
Great to see 3 guys who are fighting for NHL roster spots get on the scoreboard, and my binkie Lauko who is (was?) fighting to not go back to the Q
 

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Great to see 3 guys who are fighting for NHL roster spots get on the scoreboard, and my binkie Lauko who is (was?) fighting to not go back to the Q
Pretty sure Lauko is safe. They started him on the 4th line last week but that lasted all of 1 game and he’s been moved up into the top 6/9.
 

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Lost 5-2 today. Bjork had a goal and an assist, Cehlarik with the other goal.

5 points in 4 games for Bjork. He’ll be up soon.
 

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5-4 shootout loss to Laval last night. They were down 4-0 after 1 so a nice rally. 2 goals for Cehlarik. Carey and Gaunce with the other 2 goals, Gaunce’s coming with less than 30 seconds remaining to tie it. Bjork had a helper on that goal.

Vladar got hurt and it appears he’ll be out a significant amount of time. Keyser will be brought back up from the ECHL.

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Providence beat Rochester 4-3 last night. They are 6-3-2 on the season.

Cehlarik has been hot, 6-4=10 in 7 games. Among the rookies Studnicka has the best counting stats, 2-5=7 in 11 games. Scored a SHG last night so getting some penalty kill work in. Lauko has 3-0=3 in 11 games, Steen is 2-2=4 in 11.
 

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Studnicka is getting rolling. 3 point game yesterday to take over the team scoring lead with 9-9=18 in 21 games. 3 of his goals are shorthanded too. Think he’ll be on a full year plan down there but a very encouraging start to his year.

Vaakanainen had 2 goals and an assist yesterday as well after being sent down.
 

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Petrovic with a real bad coverage for the 2-1 goal. Getting corsi’d to hell. Lauko nearly died blowing an edge while skating to negate an icing
 

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I'm pretty excited about Vaak and Stud. OTOH, Zboril might be stalling in Providence, and Senyshyn - ugh!
 
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Went to yesterday’s game against Springfield. I thought Frederick and Zech were both outstanding.

Of course neither got one of the top three stars.
 

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posted in The Athletic thread but might belong here as well...


In building out these rankings, the Bruins were one of the teams whose place within them really tested my approach/philosophy.
Though their prospect pool runs deeper than a couple of the teams who will slot in at No. 29 and No. 28, and maybe even one or two more beyond that, they lack truly high-end options.
On one hand, if there’s one team that can sustain an approach that drafts depth guys who can fill in around the margins, it’s the one with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak locked up long term. On the other hand, I think the Bruins have played a lot of their high picks too safely in recent memory and that will limit their ability to hit home runs.
The end result: A prospect pool that has some future NHLers but doesn’t excite.
 

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The 30th ranking is fair, but excluding Lauko from his list kinda cuts into his credibility. In the comments he says not includinf Lauko wasn’t an oversight, he’s just “not fond” of the player. The other prospect guy over there, Pronman, had Lauko as the Bruins 7th ranked prospect. Wheeler can’t fit him in the top 15? He’s got time for Joona Koppanen, who admittedly is having a decent year, but ultimately is a 21 year old with 11 goals in 83 career AHL games, but doesn’t for Lauko? He’s a 19 year old coming off a PPG season in the Q, and the Memorial Cup’s leading scorer in his first season playing in North America. He’s got 4-4=8 in 18 games in his first pro year as one of the youngest players in the AHL who has missed a lot of time with injuries. Hell, Wheeler includes Pavel Shen who is a similar spot but has less production, 7 points in 27 games.

The Bruins system isn’t littered with blue chip, can’t miss prospects so I understand and agree with a low overall system ranking. They have some intriguing players and seem to prefer drafting low ceiling, high floor types which will always lead to poor rankings by prospect writers. That said, failing to include Lauko at all makes me wonder how much these prospect guys actually watch the players. It is like he watched 1 Providence game which Lauko probably missed because he’s dealt with injured and decided that was it.
 

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The 30th ranking is fair, but excluding Lauko from his list kinda cuts into his credibility. In the comments he says not includinf Lauko wasn’t an oversight, he’s just “not fond” of the player. The other prospect guy over there, Pronman, had Lauko as the Bruins 7th ranked prospect. Wheeler can’t fit him in the top 15? He’s got time for Joona Koppanen, who admittedly is having a decent year, but ultimately is a 21 year old with 11 goals in 83 career AHL games, but doesn’t for Lauko? He’s a 19 year old coming off a PPG season in the Q, and the Memorial Cup’s leading scorer in his first season playing in North America. He’s got 4-4=8 in 18 games in his first pro year as one of the youngest players in the AHL who has missed a lot of time with injuries. Hell, Wheeler includes Pavel Shen who is a similar spot but has less production, 7 points in 27 games.

The Bruins system isn’t littered with blue chip, can’t miss prospects so I understand and agree with a low overall system ranking. They have some intriguing players and seem to prefer drafting low ceiling, high floor types which will always lead to poor rankings by prospect writers. That said, failing to include Lauko at all makes me wonder how much these prospect guys actually watch the players. It is like he watched 1 Providence game which Lauko probably missed because he’s dealt with injured and decided that was it.
I hate to be overly dramatic, but its completely disqualifying. He almost certainly forgot about him and doubled down in the comments.
 

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I hate to be overly dramatic, but its completely disqualifying. He almost certainly forgot about him and doubled down in the comments.
I think you’re right, he probably assumed he was older since he played in juniors last year and was still AHL eligible at 19. The doubling down is the disqualifying part. No one would have cared if he just said “oops” about some B level prospect he left off a list.

I’m more of a Lauko fanboy than most but it’s insane to leave him out of the top 15. He’s an athletic two-way winger who has produced at 5v5 at every level, despite usually playing with players much older than him (Czech first division at 16, AHL at 19).