Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»
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: Undrafted free agent signing Noel Acciari had a productive first season with the Boston Bruins organization, playing in 19 games with the big club (courtesy Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire).
The early days of the Claude Julien era in Boston were highlighted by a wave of young players breaking into the lineup, a group headlined by the likes of Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Adam McQuaid. The group was instrumental in the Bruins winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. Read more»
Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik had a career high 20 points in 46 games for Lulea of the SHL this past season. The third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also had five points in 11 playoff games. (courtesy Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
It has been a year of rising stock among the Boston Bruins’ NCAA prospects.
Of the 11 Bruins prospects spread throughout college hockey, many have enjoyed career seasons. Nine of those players helped their respective teams to NCAA tournament appearances.
Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen competed at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with the University of Denver, with the Pioneers dropping their semi-final game to eventual champion North Dakota (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
While it was only a short stay in the AHL for Boston Bruins forward prospect Danton Heinen, the first taste of pro hockey for the University of Denver standout could prove invaluable in his continued development. Read more»