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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boston Bruins Prospect Roundup: Midseason edition

I posted an update on Boston Bruins prospects over at HockeyJournal.com, but thought I would re-post some of it here for those interested.

Boston Bruins Prospect Roundup
With the 2010-11 hockey season past it’s halfway point, it is time to do a Boston Bruins prospect stats roundup and quick update.

1. Jordan Caron, RW Providence Bruins (AHL) 6-2, 202

Boston (NHL) GP 20 G 3 A 4 PTS 7 PIM 6

Providence (AHL) GP 22 G 5 A 8 PTS 13 PIM 12

Caron impressed with the big club after beginning the season in Boston but got off to a slow start offensively when sent to Providence. He’s been rounding into form much better over the past month.

2. Jared Knight, RW London Knights (OHL) 5-11, 200

London (OHL) GP 44 G 19 A 29 PTS 48 PIM 29

An injured foot at Bruins training camp slowed him down to start the season, but Knight has been on a tear since the calendar switched over to 2011. The 32nd overall pick by Boston and 2010 has been London’s big leader since several key veterans were dealt at the OHL trade deadline.

3. Max Sauve, LW Providence Bruins 6-2, 190

Providence (AHL) GP 26 G 12 A 5 PTS 17 PIM 8

After missing nearly two months with a broken wrist, Sauve has returned to action with a flourish, establishing himself as Providence’s most dangerous offensive player. His speed, hands and attacking style make him one of Rob Murray’s few game-breakers, but his ability to stay healthy is biggest question mark going forward.

4. Ryan Spooner, C Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 5-10, 180

Peterborough (OHL) GP 14 G 10 A 9 PTS 19 PIM 2

Kingston (OHL) GP 27 G 17 A 15 PTS 32 PIM 2

The most dynamic and offensively gifted of Boston’s prospects forced a trade from Peterborough and has ridden a roller coaster of highs and lows with Doug Gilmour’s Frontenacs squad. After racking up five goals and nine points in three games last weekend, he appears to be back on track, but still must work on his defensive zone play.

5. Joe Colborne, C Providence Bruins (AHL) 6-5, 220

Providence (AHL) GP 45 G 11 A 13 PTS 24 PIM 28

It’s been an up-and-down season for the rookie pro who has impressive size and skills, but struggles to maintain consistency and intensity levels despite some highlight plays on offense. Colborne is a hard worker off the ice, but that attitude does not always show in games, where he can look like he’s floating and uninvolved in the physical game.

6. Jamie Arniel, C Providence Bruins (AHL) 5-11, 190

Boston (NHL) GP 1 G 0 A 0 PTS 0 PIM 0

Providence (AHL) GP 44 G 14 A 15 PTS 29 PIM 14

Already having eclipsed his output from ‘09-10 (12 goals, 28 points), Arniel has been Providence’s most consistent forward. It’s been a strong sophomore campaign for the two-way center, who played his 1st NHL game as an injury recall and was recently named to the AHL All-Star Game to replace Steven Kampfer, who looks to be with Boston for the duration.

7. Matt Bartkowski, D Providence Bruins (AHL) 6-2, 205

Boston (NHL) GP 2 G 0 A 0 PTS 0 PIM 2

Providence (AHL) GP 39 G 4 A 10 PTS 14 PIM 27

After being the last cut at training camp, Bartkowski struggled a little in Providence to start the season, but has played well since making adjustments. With good size, mobility and an edge, he earned a couple of callups to Boston (both games came against his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins) and is on the right track to be an NHL regular soon.

8. David Warsofsky, D Boston University Terriers (Hockey East) 5-9, 175

Boston University (HE) GP 24 G 6 A 12 PTS 18 PIM 30

Marshfield, Mass. native acquired from St. Louis in a trade for Vladimir Sobotka last June is small but skilled, scrappy and a natural leader on that Terriers squad as a junior. His goal production is down from a year ago (12), but is on pace to pass his season best of 23 points set as both a freshman and sophomore. If the junior offensive defender returns to BU for his senior season, he’s a strong candidate to be coach Jack Parker’s (Somerville, Mass.) captain.

9. Yury Alexandrov, D Providence Bruins (AHL) 6-0, 190

Providence (AHL) GP 43 G 5 A 9 PTS 14 PIM 24

It’s hard to get a read on the former second-round selection in 2006. He’s not a dynamic skater by any means, but has very good hands and offensive hockey sense. He moves the puck well and is involved in transition, but defense is an issue. Came to North America playing a man-to-man style as opposed to zone, and his coaches believe that he was a little lost in translation at first. Although learning English, the adjustment to the AHL has been slower in coming than hoped, but the Russian has a good attitude and has been willing to work.

10. Ryan Button, D Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 6-1, 190

Prince Albert (WHL) GP 44 G 3 A 20 PTS 23 PIM 31

Seattle (WHL) GP 5 G 0 A 2 PTS 2 PIM 8

Moved from the constraints of Prince Albert’s defense-first system at the WHL trade deadline, Button was adjusting to his new team in Seattle when he suffered an upper body injury and will be out another few weeks. Button’s potential should not be judged on the statistical output: he’s a very good skater who makes a strong first-pass and has two-way potential at the highest level. It’s been hard to get a read on him and until he goes to Providence and can perhaps spread his wings a bit, the outlook is conservative.

You can read about 11-35 in the original post found here.

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