Bruins 2009-10 junior prospects update

By HF Staff

Jordan Caron, C – Rimouski Oceanic
Acquired: 1st round, 25th overall, 2009
November 12, 1990, 6’ 2’’, 206

What was to be an important summer and fall for Jordan Caron turned into a frustrating one. He fractured his collarbone during Team Canada’s summer camp in August, and missed the beginning of the QMJHL season because of it. It’s been slow getting back up to game shape and he’s just played in 11 of Rimouski’s 25 games. In those 11 games, he’s put up nine points (2 goals), which is below last year’s production. Caron will play in the Super Series against Russia, and hope to impress Team Canada enough to make the World Junior roster.

Maxime Sauve, C – Val d’Or Foreurs
Acquired: 2st round, 47th overall, 2008
January 30, 1990, 6’ 0’’, 186

Sauve is off to a hot start in the QMJHL as he currently is sitting in a tie for sixth in overall scoring with 31 points in 22 games. His right wing Jonathan Hazen is ahead of him in fifth place. Sauve will need to get stronger, but at this stage in his career, his skill is doing most of the work for him. Sauve will play for the QMJHL team in the Super Series against Russia.

Tyler Randell, RW – Kitchener Rangers
Acquired: 6th round, 176th overall, 2009
June 15, 1991, 6’ 0’’, 191

The Bruins selected this Scarborough, Ontario native for his toughness, and not surprisingly he’s accumulated 41 PIM’s this year. He already has more PIM’s thus far than he did for the entire season last year (39). He’s been involved in five fights this year, two of which he received a misconduct for. Randell’s game may be more grit but with four goals, seven assists (in 20 games), he’s on pace to surpass his OHL career high of 22, showing improvement offensively. He was recently a healthy scratch after a 10-game goal-less streak.

Ben Sexton, C – Penicton Vees (BCHL)
Acquired: 7th round, 206th overall, 2009
June 6, 1991, 6’ 0’’, 191

Sexton has just seven points in 15 games in the high-scoring BCHL. In the fall of 2010, he takes his game to the NCAA and suits up for Clarkson University.

Adam Courchaine, G – Sarnia Sting
Acquired: Undrafted, signed contract with Boston in 2007
February 2, 1989, 6’ 3’’, 185

Courchaine changed OHL teams in the offseason and is now with Sarnia. His 706 minutes played makes him the current No. 1 goalie among three in net (Shayne Campbell and Jesse Raymond). Courchaine’s numbers are near what they were last year, currently at .907 save percentage and 3.40 GAA with a 5-7-0 record. He will turn pro next year, and has already played some games in the AHL.

Michael Hutchinson, G – London Knights
Acquired: 3rd round, 77th overall, 2008
March 2, 1990, 6’ 0’’, 191

Hutchinson is another in a long list of netminders on the Bruins depth chart. His OHL career started with the Barrie Colts and this is his first season in London. He couldn’t have started off in better fashion by posting a 5-0 shutout to Sarnia in his first game. But overall his numbers are not as good as last year: .902 save percentage, 3.14 GAA, and 7-6-0 record. Hutchinson has played the vast majority of the minutes (785 to 484) compared to backup Michael Houser. Houser (2010-eligible) has posted better numbers and has only lost one game, however, so Hutchinson could be in danger of losing his starting position.

Ryan Button, D – Prince Albert Raiders
Acquired: 3rd round, 86th overall, 2009
March 26, 1991, 6’ 0’’, 185

Button, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, is sitting at -6. He has nine points — all assists — in 23 games and 19 penalty minutes. With his breakaway speed, goals are surely in his future.