Boston Bruins – Offseason Prospect System Review



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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.



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 sec