Photo: Ryan Donato is one of a pair of prospects representing the Boston Bruins at the junior level. Donato was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins have moved away from drafting CHL players over the past few seasons. Currently, Mitchell Dempsey and Ryan Donato, committed to Harvard University, are the only two prospects in the system playing at the junior level.
Photo: Defenseman Zach Trotman was recently recalled to the NHL from the Providence Bruins. Trotman was seventh round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Boston Bruins strength at the NHL level has always been down the middle and that is no different in their prospect system. The Bruins helped filled out some issues on the wing during the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer with first round pick David Pastrnak, but still remain thin along the boards.
Photo: Rookie defenseman Torey Krug has been stellar for the Boston Bruins this season. The undrafted 22-year-old has eight goals and nine assists through 30 games. (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins have only one prospect currently playing at the major junior level, and most of you have probably never heard of him. His name is Mitchell Dempsey.
Photo: Forward Reilly Smith has had an instant impact on the Boston Bruins NHL roster. Smith came to Boston as part of an off-season trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins have not been afraid to acquire prospects, whether by draft or trade. Love it or hate it, the Tyler Seguin trade gave the Bruins even more depth in their minor league system. Reilly Smith is currently in the NHL while Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow are considered to be close to NHL ready and valuable commodities.
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.