Prospect Ramblings: Open Roster Spots for Prospects – Atlantic Division

Pat Quinn

2020-11-18

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday Prospect Ramblings. This week I am going to go through the contract situations of teams in the Atlantic to see how many openings they have, where they have openings, and what prospect is most likely to take that spot. I am still assuming the rosters are “as is”, and are how the highlighted teams will start the 2020-2021 season.

 

Here was last week’s look at the Central and here is the Pacific from two weeks prior.

 

Also, my #GoodTweet of the week:

Actually I have no good tweet for this week, instead I hope you are paying attention to the 31-in-31 series so far, check it out HERE

 

 

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ATLANTIC

 

Boston Bruins

 

Forward:

  • 12 one-way contracts; 11 over $1M and one under
    • Jake DeBrusk will be one way once signed (or traded if you believe the rumours)
  • Guaranteed Candidates:
    • Greg McKegg; On a two-way deal and will be called up to fill a bottom line, penalty kill, and 13th forward spot
    • Anton Blidh; Has been up and down since 2016-2017 and would have likely made the 2019-2020 roster if not for a shoulder injury that cut a majority of his season
    • Karson Kuhlman; Has played more in the NHL than Blidh, including playing well with Krejci and DeBrusk, his 2020-2021 contract is also one-way
  • There are no real open spots for other prospects unless the Bruins go through Columbus Blue Jackets levels of injuries

 

Defense:

  • Nine one-way contracts; six at $1M or more and three under $1M
    • Everyone thinks Chara will re-sign with the Bruins
    • Kevan Miller should play, but his injury is a strange one so hopefully it is 100% fixed
    • Steven Kampfer is one-way but plays predominately in the AHL
    • Jakub Zboril signed a two-year deal at $$725k per that is one way each year
  • There are really no spots open here either, and it is even unknown if Chara will come back (which would look so weird)

 

Goalie:

  • Rask and Halak are both signed for 2020-2021, and if the Bruins trade Rask they are crazy
  • With a condensed season, injuries will likely occur so the Likely Candidate would be:
    • Daniel Vladar; His 2022-2023 season, the final year of his deal, is one way so he will likely get a few call ups
  • I except the Bruins to sign some goaltending depth as Jeremy Swayman and Kyle Keyser are not ready, and Callum Booth really does no inspire confidence

 

 

Buffalo Sabres

 

Forward:

  • 14 one-way contracts; 10 over $1M and four under $1M
    • Jean-Sebastien Dea and C.J. Smith are both signed to contracts at $700K, and should be in the AHL. They would be called up for a fourth line role
    • Casey Mirrelstadt is currently unsigned so he should see a one-way contract, but he can also be put freely through waivers for at least one more season
  • There is probably one spot