Boston Bruins – Offseason Prospect System Review

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2018-08-03

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Thanks for joining us for our August 31-in-31 series! Every day this month we will be taking a look at each team and diving into their prospect depth charts, risers and fallers, graduating prospects, and top ten prospects in the system.

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Offseason Moves

 

The Bruins for the most part this season plugged some holes in their depth chart and decided to give homegrown youth some opportunity instead of pursuing big name free-agents. Leaving for new clubs were Riley Nash, Tim Schaller, Nick Holden, Anton Khudobin, Austin Czarnik and some AHL names including Agostino, Hickman, Cross and Breen. The big names on this list left Boston with some leaks on their bottom six and between the pipes.

 

Joining the black and gold are John Moore, hit-factory Chris Wagner, Joakim Nordstrom and veteran backup Jaroslav Halak. The Moore signing, though an affordable and good signing creates a log jam on the left side which may force the Bruins to move a piece or two on defense, or it may give the youth on that side a chance to take over as the go-to players in Providence. Boston also signed AHLers Mark McNeill and Cody Goloubef to minor league deals, most likely for leadership and veteran presence.

 

As I mentioned the left side on defense is somewhat jammed which may limit opportunities for youth to take a spot, however it does not appear that any of the top prospects at that position are NHL ready with the exception of Matt Grzelcyk. The Bruins still have some wing positions up for grabs and some players who are NHL ready and have the potential to secure them; like Anders Bjork or Peter Cehlarik. The center depth may be a point of concern especially because it is getting older and both Krejci and Backes have had issues remaining healthy for full seasons in recent years. With that said, the Bruins have a healthy crop of youth who will be given the chance to fill those positions should injury arrive with names like Donato, Forsbacka-Karlsson and Fitzgerald waiting in Providence.

 

Graduating Players

 

Ryan Donato – Ryan officially signed with the Bruins in March 2018 ending his college career. He played 12 games down the stretch for the club and posted a respectable nine points. He did not look out of place. He also tied for fourth in scoring at the Olympics, competing against names like Kaprizov and Kovalchuk. He will compete for a top nine spot in Boston next season.

 

Jesse Gabrielle – After nearly making the Bruins out of training camp, Gabrielle was assigned to the baby Bruins in Providence. He struggled in the AHL and ended up in the press box before being sent back to Regina to finish out his junior career. Boston fans will be looking for him to bounce back this season and bring his Marchand-like skill set to the AHL full-time. His rugged in your face style and ability to post points is pe