August 31-in-31: Boston Bruins

Mike Drover

2017-08-03

It’s August already! Everyone knows what that means, it means it’s almost hockey season again and things are heating up in the fantasy hockey world. Here at DobberProspects we’ve already got our draft done for the year and now we’re into free agency and trades, lots and lots of trades. This 31-in-31 series will be super valuable for all you poolies out there especially those who are getting an early start to the draft season.

The Bruins have made a number of moves this off-season and a wave of young talent is on the horizon. The departure of Jimmy Hayes and Dominic Moore has opened the door for the likes of Anders Bjork, Danton Heinen, Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, all of whom are on the cusp of full-time NHL positions.

Of particular interest is Anders Bjork, who enjoyed a breakout season for the University of Notre Dame this past season. Bjork, a former fifth round pick for the Bruins, has proven to be fantastic value for their organization and could very well be fantastic value on your fantasy squad in the near future. He’s got a nose for the net and now has the pedigree to back it up. Bjork was selected as a Hockey-East All-Star this season in the NCAA and was also a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. Not too shabby for 146th overall. Bjork will fight for a spot out of training camp this year but will need to be successful early to keep from being pushed back by other NHL ready prospects.

No one should be sleeping on Danton Heinen either. Heinen was also an NCAA standout for the University of Denver scoring 91 points in 81 games over the span of two seasons before signing a pro contract with the Bruins last fall. Heinen already has a year of AHL hockey under his belt which may put him ahead of Bjork for a position on the Bruins to start the year. Heinen was dynamite in the Calder Cup Playoffs this spring, leading all rookies in scoring and helping bring the Providence Bruins to the Conference Finals for the first time in eight years. While Heinen was great last year in the AHL, his eight game stint in the NHL was not. Heinen posted a goose-egg in eight games played to go with a minus-3 before getting shipped back down to the minors. If Heinen can prove he’s progressed from then to now he may get another look early this season.

Former third round pick, Peter Cehlarik, is expected to be ready for training camp this season after a nasty shoulder injury derailed his rookie season for the AHL Bruins. Cehlarik, like Heinen, had an extended look with the Bruins last season but also didn’t manage to get any biscuits in the basket. He did however have much more luck with that in the AHL where he scored 20 goals and 18 assists in just 49 games. Cehlarik has NHL size and he’s got a lot of talent, but he’s had a couple big injuries now in a very short professional career and that has to be worrisome for both fantasy owners and the Bruins organisation. Unless Cehlarik dazzles in camp I expect him to start with Providence. A hot start or some early season injuries on the big club and Cehlarik will be one of the first to get the call.

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Organizational risers and fallers:

     Risers:                                                                             Fallers:

      Anders Bjork                                                                Malcolm Subban

      Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson