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: Detroit’s signing of Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser has improved the team’s breakout and transition game (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle section of the Hockey's Future Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.
Article: Hockey's Future chats with Yale defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Rob O'Gara at the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.
Freshman defenseman Rob O’Gara (BOS) has been a part of a Yale frosh class that has been instrumental in helping the school reach the Frozen Four, primarily due to their stepped up play and contributions. O’Gara has continually garnered more ice time which has also greatly benefited his development. The Nesconset, NY native has posted six points (all assists) in 35 games to date.
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: Forward Max Sauve has been bothered by injuries ever since he began his professional career in 2010. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins came in to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa with more than they left with. Armed with seven draft choices, they ended up with six draftees and, to date, just two NHL games in the famed Boston Bruins sweater.