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.
Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko played a major role in helping Russia advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
After winning gold and silver at the last two World Junior Championships, 2013 host country Russia find themselves in a position to bring home another medal, possibly gold, in front of a home crowd.
Photo: Oshawa Generals captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner suffered through a delayed entry to the 2013 WJC after sitting out a three-game suspension (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
For Dougie Hamilton and Boone Jenner, playing for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship represents an opportunity to avenge a disappointing showing at the 2012 edition of this tournament, one in which Canada settled for a bronze medal.
Photo: Belleville Bulls goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban has been played every minute of Canada's games so far at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
So far, so good for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The team that many considered the favorite to win gold at this tournament has so far not fallen below expectations as they are a perfect 3-0 after three contests, but with perhaps the toughest match of the preliminary round taking place tomorrow vs. Russia.
Photo: Winger Anthony Camara is one of three Bruins prospects scheduled to represent Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship tournament. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Under GM Peter Chiarelli, the Boston Bruins have demonstrated a preference for drafting players out of the OHL. Of their six prospects developing at the junior level, all but one are playing in the league and among that group is are prized prospects Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban. The lone non-OHL, junior prospect is defenseman Matt Benning who is playing in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, a team Chiarelli happens to co-own.