Large framed goaltender who moves well and is aggressive on pucks. Can be too aggressive at times. Likely needs more time in the AHL, but could be an NHL backup, possibly even 1B if things break right.
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April 2023 – Bussi was a big surprise in the Bruins prospect pool this season, taking the reins for Providence in his rookie year after spending just four games in the ECHL. Bussi put up some great numbers in the AHL, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average on his way to being named to the AHL All-Rookie team. His play was rewarded by being called to the NHL for the last game of the season, completing his climb from Maine in the ECHL to the parent club. The Bruins will be watching closely to see if he can handle leading Providence in their pursuit of the Calder Cup. The emergence of Bussi will leave the Bruins with some questions during their offseason cap crunch as they try to decide if they should split up the Ullmark/Swayman goaltending tandem to give themselves some more cap relief and hope that Bussi can handle backup duties. There is an argument that the Bruins can trade Ullmark with his value at an all-time high and go with the tandem of the future in Bussi/Swayman. As we have seen with Bruins goaltenders recently, Bussi’s fantasy value will be very high if he can get a spot in the rotation in the coming seasons. Nate Duffett
May 2022 – Bussi is a large netminder who went undrafted and excelled at Western Michigan University, landing an entry-level contract with the Bruins after a strong collegiate career. He doesn’t fully rely on his size as he is athletic with a tremendous reach with his legs. His glove is just okay and his puck handling can be an adventure. He follows the puck well and has quick reactions. Some of his movements are inefficient and he can overreact or move too far at times, putting him out of position. Bussi looked strong in his first five professional games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, posting a 2.54 goals against average and a .920 save percentage through five games. He will likely get a longer look in the AHL next season and continue to work his way to an NHL opportunity. Victor Nuño