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.
Photo: University of North Dakota goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Zane Gothberg has appeared in 11 games for UND in his freshman season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
On the back of University of North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg’s helmet is a caricature of an elderly woman with long, curly hair, oversized oval-shaped earrings and large, black-rimmed glasses. She is holding a Diet Coke and has a sweater with UND ascribed across her chest. Below the picture are four words:
Love you Grandma Susie.
Photo: Boston Bruins defensive prospect Matt Bartkowski was one of a handful of the team's prospects to be invited to the Bruins' abbreviated training camp last week (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
After being the last player cut from training camp the past two seasons, Matt Bartkowski is more motivated than ever to crack a spot on the Boston Bruins blue line this season.
Photo: David Warsofsky is one of several defensemen competing for a spot on the Boston Bruins NHL roster. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins are not the deepest team in minor league prospects, but some of the ones they do have could be impact prospects sooner than later. Ryan Spooner is off to a great start in Providence as one of the teams top scorers, in only his first year at the professional level. In goal Niklas Svedberg has jumped over Michael Hutchinson, and if he keeps up his solid play could end up being Tuukka Rask's back up sooner rather than later.