Photo: Cornell University forward Brian Ferlin turned in a solid freshman season despite missing time due to injuries (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
It wasn't too long ago that Boston Bruins prospect and Cornell University player Brian Ferlin had doubts about his future in the game of hockey, but after making the roster of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL) he had a chance to grow.
Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2011, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is not only the top prospect for the Boston Bruins, but among the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)
Thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins have spent the last two years drafting inside the top 10. This year, they're back to drafting in the bottom third of the first round, but if the rumors are to be believed, Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli is actively trying to remedy that situation and move up high enough to grab one of the premier defensemen available.
Sniper Chris Kreider recently joined the Rangers for their extended 2012 playoff run. Kreider has been one of the Rangers top prospects since he was drafted in in 2009. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: Alexander Fallstrom is one of many complementary forwards in the Bruins NCAA prospect pool. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Bruins drafting philosophy becomes pretty apparent when you compare their NCAA group to their European one: they boast nine skaters in the college ranks, to just one overseas. Obviously, the Bruins prefer to keep their talent close to home. The college group is led by Michigan State captain and recent free agent signing Torey Krug and former BC Eagles' captain Tommy Cross. The lone European representative, Maxim Chudinov was one of the best defenseman in KHL this year.
Torey Krug, D, Michigan State Spartans (CCHA)
Signed as a free agent, March 25th, 2012
Photo: Dougie Hamilton is by far and away the top prospect in the Boston system and one of the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)
The Bruins top-20 has seen a lot of change this season with players moving up and down the list, and in some cases, off the list entirely. However, the one constant this year has been the play of prized prospect Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton was a dominant offensive force throughout the year and made significant gains in his defensive play as the season wore on. Big risers for the Bruins this year were Maxim Chudinov and Brian Ferlin, while Zach Hamill, Anthony Camara, and Ryan Button dropped precipitously. The Bruins were also careful not to deal away any of their prime assets at the trade deadline and are poised to infuse their AHL affiliate with some quality players over the next two years. Read more»