Ryan Spooner finished 2013-14 season with strong postseason performance

By Richard Murray

Ryan Spooner - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward Ryan Spooner led the Providence Bruins in postseason scoring with six goals and nine assists through 12 games. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Although none of the Boston Bruins prospects won a championship in their respective leagues, many of them grew a lot over the season and playoffs. Ryan Spooner led the AHL playoff-scoring race through the first two rounds with 15 points, and Alexander Khokhlachev was only one-point behind Spooner.

NHL

Defenseman Kevan Miller made an impact this season with the loss of Dennis Seidenberg. He was far from perfect, but there is a lot of positives to take out of his season and playoffs. Being thrown into the fire against Montreal and Detroit, he held his own and earned some valuable NHL playoff experience. Miller finished with two points over 11 postseason games.

AHL

The Providence Bruins forced the Wilkes-Barre Penguins to seven games and Spooner, Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith were a big reason why. Spooner's team-leading 15 points (six goals, nine assists) helped spark the Bruins offense, and the pivot seems to be getting closer and closer to being ready for the NHL. It will be interesting to see what moves the Bruins make over the summer. Boston is strong down the middle with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Carl Soderberg, and reports have surfaced that the Bruins do not like Spooner on the wing, only at center.

After nearly being traded for Jarome Iginla last season, Khokhlachev kept on scoring right through the playoffs. His 14-point (nine goals, five assists) postseason campaign was second best on the team, only behind Spooner. Khokhlachev and Spooner are dynamic players and have the speed the Bruins could have used to match up with Montreal.

Some questioned if Griffith could produce at the AHL considering he broke out later during his junior career. The 5'9 winger proved the doubters wrong with a 50-point season, and Griffith followed that up with 11 points, in 12 AHL playoff games.

Griffith could use some more time in the AHL, but both Spooner and Khokhlachev are giving the Bruins upper management something to think about for next season.

NCAA

Ryan Fitzgerald and Zane Gothberg made impacts helping their teams make it to the 2014 Frozen Four back in April.

Gothberg backstopped North Dakota all the way to the Frozen Four semifinal, and was sensational turning away 26-of-28 Minnesota shots. Unfortunately, for North Dakota, Minnesota scored a shorthanded buzzer beating, game-winning goal, which sent the Gophers to the NCAA Championship.

The Thief Rivers Fall, Minnesota native was even more impressive in the Midwest Regional. Gothberg stopped 44-of-45 shots in a double overtime win against Ferris State in the Regional Championship.

Fitzgerald scored two goals in three NCAA Tournament games. The Boston College forward scored the game-tying goal against UMass-Lowell helping BC come back from behind win the Worcester Regional. He also added a late goal against Union, but BC took the loss, 5-4.  

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