Photo: Malcolm Subban is one of several strong goaltending prospects in the Boston Bruins system. Subban was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Boston Bruins have turned to some of their young guns like Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and others to jump into the lineup and produce right away. With the Bruins’ current cap troubles, there is a good chance that top prospects like David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, and Alexander Khokhlachev will be to do the same.
Photo: Forward David Pastrnak was selected 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak projects to be a dynamic offensive talent. (courtesy of John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins did not make any blockbuster deals at the NHL Draft or in the days following like last season moving Tyler Seguin to Dallas, but Boston did make several interesting selections in Philadelphia.
Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and former Belle Tire player Alex Nedeljkovic was chosen in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
It's no secret that youth hockey in the United States has made great strides the past few decades.
Players from more geographical locations continue to appear on the rosters of major junior teams in Canada, as well as USHL and NAHL clubs in the U.S. The National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI and the squads at the northeastern private schools and NCAA college teams also have more American players than ever.
Photo: Boston Bruins draftee Ryan Donato is currently deciding whether to return to Dexter School for another season or play for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers in 2014-15 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Very few hockey players get the chance to play for the team that they grew up watching, but forward Ryan Donato has a chance to make that dream a reality.