Junior cupboards close to empty for Boston Bruins

By Richard Murray

Torey Krug - Boston Bruins

Photo: Rookie defenseman Torey Krug has been stellar for the Boston Bruins this season. The undrafted 22-year-old has eight goals and nine assists through 30 games. (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins have only one prospect currently playing at the major junior level, and most of you have probably never heard of him. His name is Mitchell Dempsey.


Mitchell Dempsey, W, Kitchener Rangers
Acquired: 7th round (210th overall) in 2013

Dempsey is in his third OHL season, and he will look to jump onto the scoring scene this season. Between the past two seasons, he has only recorded 10 career points (two goals, eight assists).  

The Cambridge, Ontario native, was released by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, but has been added to the Kitchener Rangers roster. In five OHL games this season, Dempsey has registered an assist.

The 6'3 forward has the size that the Bruins love, and it would not be the first time the Bruins scouting staff picked someone whose skills do not necessarily translate to the scoresheet.

That being said, Bruins prospect Anthony Camara, initially had his struggles getting onto the scoresheet too, posting a 17-point season during his draft year. Now, Camara has established himself as one of the Bruins better prospects with his continued development. He finished his OHL career by posting 36 goals to go along with a career high 60-point campaign in 2012-13.

Dempsey's strong puck skills could make him a player to keep an eye out for this season. And if he cannot get it going on the score sheet, he does throw a pretty mean right.

New England Prep

Wiley Sherman, D, Hotchkiss School
Acquired: 5th round (150th overall) in 2013

Fifth round pick from last summer, Wiley Sherman is Harvard bound for 2014-15, but for now he will complete his senior season at the Hotchkiss School. Sherman is a big-bodied defensive player that can be intimidating, but he is also still learning how to use his body correctly. It is something that he may have to grow into. It took quite sometime for Zdeno Chara to do that himself.

Other Notes

At this point, defenseman Torey Krug is a prospect in name only. Krug flew onto the scene during last year's playoff run, and has picked up right where he left off, posting eight goals and nine assists in 30 games. The Michigan State product has also helped resurrect a previously dreadful power play and has consistently seen over 17 minutes a game.

Ryan Spooner is once again tearing up the AHL with 24 points (five goals, 19 assists, in 21 games this season. He was recently recalled to the NHL along with Matt Fraser to replace injured forwards Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly.

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