Photo: Cornell forward Brian Ferlin is one of several Bruins prospects who could have a big season offensively in 2013-14. (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins continue to stockpile prospects through the NHL Draft, trades, and free agency and there are a few in particular to watch for this season. Boston has more prospects transitioning to new levels than in recent seasons. Others meanwhile are trying to further establish themselves at their respective competition levels.
Photo: First-year defensemen Torey Krug (left) and Dougie Hamilton (right) played major roles in the Boston Bruins run to the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. (courtesy of Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
It was not long ago that the Boston Bruins lacked serious depth and talent in their prospect ranks, but Boston has built up one of the better farm systems the past few seasons through the draft, free agent signings, as well as trades.
Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes’ top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, Elias Lindholm, was the first player from Sweden off the board (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
On June 30th, Sweden saw 25 of its citizens, two of which spent this past season in North America, and a total of 26 players from its own leagues picked by NHL teams at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Photo: Forward Ryan Fitzgerald was selected by the Boston Bruins 120th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Fitzgerald is expected to attend Boston College in the Fall. (courtesy Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite not having a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins had several late picks that could turn out to be steals when all is said and done. There were rumors that Tyler Seguin might be moved at the draft, however that trade came in the following days, when he was moved in package to the Dallas Stars as part of a blockbuster seven-player trade.
Photo: Djurgarden forward Alexander Wennberg has seen his 2013 NHL Draft stock rise steadily this season, to the point where he has an outside chance of being chosen among the top 10 picks (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In recent years, the number of Swedish born-and-raised players picked by NHL teams during the NHL Draft has continued to serve as proof that the nation of Sweden is currently one of the top developers of hockey talent on the planet.