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» Could Bruins add power with Whalers' Wilson?
With NHL teams on the lookout for the next legitimate power forward in the mold of Milan Lucic, it comes as no surprise that Plymouth Whalers winger Tom Wilson tops the list when it comes to 2012 draft eligibles who best resemble Boston’s bruiser.
» Starting Schneider a pragmatic, not sentimental choice
Ever since Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault named backup Cory Schneider (Marblehead, Mass.) his starter for the long-anticipated first match between the 2011 Stanley Cup finalists, there has been no shortage of people chalking up the choice to Schneider’s Boston roots.
Wrong. Try again.
» December Bruins Prospect of the Month: Alexander Khokhlachev
It has been a solid run for Boston Bruins prospects in the OHL during the 2011-12 season.
For the third consecutive month, a player out of Ontario major junior in the CHL has captured New England Hockey Journal Prospect of the Month honors. December’s top prospect for the B’s is Windsor Spitfires center Alexander Khokhlachev.
» Report: B’s prospect Spooner to Sarnia Sting
The New England Hockey Journal has learned from a source that the rumored trade sending center Ryan Spooner to the OHL’s Sarnia Sting is a reality.
The trade has been agreed upon by all parties, however, the official announcement is still pending.
» O’Gara adds to B’s organizational depth
In discussions of the NHL Entry Draft, you’ll often hear the term “crapshoot” to describe the process and end result for a team and the bulk of its picks in any given year.
While that point has some merit when considering the inexact science of projecting 17- and 18-year-olds (for the most part) as eventual 20-something pro players, it also suggests that NHL clubs are at the mercy of pure chance when it comes to the draft.
» Trotman proving his worth
In the NFL Draft, the last player picked is known as “Mr. Irrelevant” and that selection comes with a small amount of fanfare.
There is no such attention paid to the equivalent last choice of the NHL Entry Draft, but if Boston Bruins prospect Zach Trotman has anything to say about it, he’ll buck the long odds to make an impact on the big club one day.
» Bruins Sign Hamilton to Entry Level Contract
The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a three-year entry level contract the team announced Thursday.
The St. Catharines, Ontario native was Boston’s first choice, ninth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Niagara Ice Dogs star is currently the team’s leading scorer and sits eighth in the OHL scoring race with 11 goals and 41 points.
» November Bruins Prospect of the Month: Ryan Spooner
Kingston Frotenacs center Ryan Spooner is the New England Hockey Journal’s Boston Bruins Prospect of the Month for November.
The 19-year-old from Kanata, Ontario had a torrid month, potting eight goals and 19 points in 11 games. Spooner tied his career high with a five-point game (1 goal, 4 assists) in a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on November 13. His totals on the season are 12 goals, 28 points in 25 games entering December.
» Gothberg growing, gaining confidence
Fargo Force goaltender Zane Gothberg is enjoying the season as a No. 1 netminder in the USHL. The Boston Bruins prospect and sixth-round choice in 2010 is a developmental project, but is on the path to what he hopes is a future NHL career.
» Spooner named OHL Player of the Week
The Ontario Hockey League announced Monday that Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 13.
Spooner, 19, is a native of Kanata, Ontario and was Boston’s third selection, 45th overall (second round) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
» Ferlin makes sudden impact for Big Red
Don’t tell winger Brian Ferlin that being from Florida means he isn’t a legitimate NHL prospect.
The Boston Bruins’ fourth-rounder from last June’s draft was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after the Cornell freshman scored a pair of goals and added three assists in two games over the weekend.
» Peverley’s improbable NHL dream came true
When a player goes undrafted and starts out his pro career in the ECHL, it isn’t a strong indicator of future big league hockey success.
Yet in Rich Peverley’s case, the Boston Bruins winger turned a blazing set of wheels and old fashioned work ethic into an NHL job and Stanley Cup championship.
» As training camp winds down, young B’s try to make mark
One of the major challenges for any young prospect with NHL aspirations is beating out the veterans ahead of them on the depth chart for a spot on the team.
When you factor in that the Boston Bruins are defending Stanley Cup champions, that challenge becomes even greater for those youngsters still with the club.
» Boston Bruins rookie games recap & analysis
The second of two rookie exhibition games between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders is in the books, with the Isles winning for the first time in four tries since the clubs began the two-game mini-tourney in Boston a year ago.
» Islanders rookies exact revenge
UNIONDALE, N.Y.— The New York Islanders futures struck quickly and never looked back in a 7-2 win over the Boston Bruins rookies in the second of two exhibition games played on Long Island.
Ryan Strome scored a pair of first period goals, while Casey Cizikas also tallied twice in the game to pace the young Islanders.
» Bruins-Islanders rookies play 1st of two games tonight
The members of the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders rookie camps will square off at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Monday and Tuesday night. The game on Sep. 12 is not open to the public, however tickets are available to the public for the second game on Sep. 13 (free to Islanders season ticket holders) with all proceeds from the gate going to charity.
» Flashback: The case for Dougie Hamilton
Rookie camp in Boston has put the spotlight squarely on the team’s top draft choice from this year, defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was taken ninth overall.
Back in January, Hamilton was being tracked as an ideal solution to bolster Boston’s prospect depth at the defense position. Here’s a look back at what I wrote up on Hamilton in the Bruins 2011 Draftwatch blog.
» Bruins 2011 rookie camp opens with 22 prospects
The Boston Bruins opened 2011 training camp with the rookie portion at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass. Friday.
The team will have three days of practice before traveling to Long Island for a pair of exhibition games against the New York Islanders prospects.
» Knight embracing leadership role at B’s rookie camp
Although just drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2010, winger Jared Knight is participating in his fourth camp event with the team.
A veteran of two prospect development camps in July 2010-11, he is entering his second rookie and main training camps in Boston for the month of September.
» 2012 NHL Entry Draft Watchlist: Got D?
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is shaping up to be one of the strongest classes for defensemen in history, and that does not even take into account several sterling forwards expected to be at the top of it all next June.
» Bruins 2011 rookie camp preview
The Boston Bruins are gearing up for the 2011-12 hockey season, with veterans slated to officially report for work at the middle of the month, but the team’s youth movement is up first.
» Cunningham, McKelvie sign deals with B’s
The Boston Bruins announced Thursday that forward Craig Cunningham and defenseman Zach McKelvie agreed to terms.
Cunningham singed a three-year entry level contract with Boston a little more than a year after the team took a flyer on him as an overage player in the WHL. McKelvie, 26, signed a one-year, two-way pact.
» Cross, Warsofsky united as B’s hopefuls on ‘D’
Until this past spring, they were cross-town collegiate rivals.
Now, defensemen Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.) and David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) are taking the Ristuccia Memorial Arena ice united in their quest to one day become members of the team they both cheered for as youngsters, the Boston Bruins.
» Ferlin taking it all in
WILMINGTON, Mass– Brian Ferlin may not have been expecting the Boston Bruins to pick him in last month’s NHL Entry Draft, but he’s rewarding their faith in him with a strong showing at the prospects development camp at Risuccia Memorial Arena this week.
» B’s trio of big goalies progressing
he fact that 21-year-old Mike Hutchinson is the “old man” of the Boston Bruins netminder prospects in attendance at the team’s development camp here in July speaks volumes about the youth movement present.
Joined by 18-year-olds Zane Gothberg and Lars Volden (who will both turn 19 this summer), “Hutch” is coming off his first pro season, split between Providence in the AHL and Reading of the ECHL.
» Bruins 2011 development camp Day 2 notes and observations
The second day of Boston Bruins development camp started out with a full hour session dedicated to power skating, led by new B’s skating coach, Besa Tsintsadze.
The 24 players including three goaltenders were put through the paces by the compact, yet explosive and dynamic Georgian coach brought in by the Bruins after spending about five years with the Pittsburgh Penguins as their skating instructor.
» Hamill at crossroads
The subject of Boston Bruins prospect Zach Hamill came up during the Bruce Cassidy post-development camp practice presser Friday.
The newly minted Providence head coach (who spent the previous three seasons as Rob Murray’s assistant prior to Murray’s dismissal last spring), provided some detailed remarks on the player and prospect he’s well acquainted with.
» 2011 NHL draft surprises
With the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in the books and 210 players selected over seven rounds, let’s take a look at some of the surprises in terms of guys who were picked and those who weren’t.