Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect Alexander Khokhlachev has seen only limited time in the NHL since being chosen by the Bruins in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
While it feels like decades given the current state of the organization, it was just five years ago that the Boston Bruins went into the NHL Draft with the rare daily double of a top-10 pick and possession of Lord Stanley’s cup, having just won its first title in 39 years that June. Read more»
Photo: HPK Hameenlinna goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Juuse Saros turned in a stellar performance at the 2014 World Junior Championship, helping to lead Finland to their first gold medal at the U20 WJC since 1998 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
No country has had as much success developing goaltenders in recent years as Finland.
But with 14 Finland-trained goalies playing in North America and another nine playing in Europe in either the KHL or in Sweden's SHL, the number of drafted prospects playing in Finland's Liiga has dwindled to just five.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had a strong freshman year for Boston University, managing 23 points through 38 games. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins do not boast a large amount of prospects playing in Europe or college hockey, but there are some in the group that might be able to make a difference for the organization at some point in the near future.
Photo: (left to right) Ryan Spooner, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight are three of the Boston Bruins most promising prospects. Hamilton and Spooner have both spent time in the NHL this season. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins have used the NHL draft, trades, and free agency to populate their prospect pool with a diverse group of players who are at various stages of their development. The emphasis recently has been on solidifying their defense and goaltending, with those two positions now deep in talent and among the strengths of the organization.
Photo: Winger Jared Knight has made his professional debut this season, playing for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Outside of Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins have not had much to show for their efforts at the draft table under General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Jordan Caron is the only other player drafted by Chiarelli with more than a dozen NHL games played, and even he has not cemented himself a place in Boston's lineup yet. However there is reason for optimism, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is one of the best prospects in the world and the Bruins have one of the deepest and most talented stable of goaltending prospects in the NHL.