Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Matt Benning plied his trade in the AJHL last season and has now moved over to the USHL (courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)
Matt Benning and Peter Quenneville have three things in common:
They are both from Alberta.
They both played in the AJHL for two years.
And they are teammates on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Photo: Now in his second full season of professional hockey, Carter Camper is expected to be a major offensive contributor for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins have an important crop of youngsters coming up through the system. Their minor league affiliate got a boost from two of Boston's best forward prospects in Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight. The Bruins are also well represented in the OHL with three potential Team Canada candidates in Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, and Seth Griffith, and in college where one of last year's best freshmen, Brian Ferlin, will be joined by two more talented youngsters in Matt Grzelcyk and Zane Gothberg.
Photo: Clarkson University captain and Boston Bruins prospect Ben Sexton hopes to stay healthy for the first time during his college career (courtesy of Clarkson University Athletics)
Many players that miss an extended amount of time due to injury may lose touch with their teammates inside the locker room. It can be hard for a player to step into a leadership role when he has spent nearly as much time on the ice as he has off.
Photo: Forward Ryan Spooner is one of several Boston prospects who are almost ready for NHL duty. (CHL Images)
The Boston Bruins significantly improved their depth in goal this spring with the addition of 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban and free agent signee Niklas Svedberg. The addition of the two talented netminders gives Boston five goalies in their Top 20, more than any other team in the league. Dougie Hamilton continues his reign as Boston's best prospect, but the newly drafted Subban has supplanted Ryan Spooner as the number two prospect in the organization.
Photo: Selected 24th overall, Malcolm Subban was the second goaltender taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Selecting 24th overall, the Boston Bruins were in some unfamiliar territory at the 2012 NHL Draft, having picked among the top 10 in the previous two years. However, despite their lower slot, the Bruins still managed to draft a potential franchise player when they selected goaltender Malcolm Subban.