Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring to cap off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.
Photo: Forward Anthony Camara has struggled to produce consistent offense this season, with three goals and three assists in 31 AHL games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The Boston Bruins have had their share of problems developing prospects in their system over the past few seasons, but multiple Bruins prospects are pounding on the door to at the AHL level in Providence.
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: Forward Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut this season on December 17th, 2013. Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham is in his third season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins have stockpiled prospects and the Providence Bruins are starting to see some of those players shine. Multiple prospects are starting to see time at the NHL too as the Bruins have dealt with the injury bug this season.
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.