Boston Bruins Prospect Reports Part. 1
The Boston Bruins are currently the focus on the New England hockey community, and while the attention they have is deserved; it is really easy to forget about the many prospects the B’s have developing their games in leagues all over the world. Here is a piece to help you get in touch with how they have been doing both during the lockout and the NHL regular season.
Center, Ryan Spooner:
Spooner was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the 45th overall pick. He has spent a strong OHL career with the Sarnia Sting and later the Kingston Frontenacs before making his professional debut with the Providence Bruins in 2011. Having turned 20 years old, the young center was able to join the Providence Bruins full-time. Though he missed some time this season, only being able to play in 41 of the baby B’s 50 games, he still leads the team in points. In those 41 games Spooner has 10 goals, 27 assists, and a team leading +9.
Spooner also made his NHL debut this season in the Boston Bruins 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. He only played roughly six minutes of ice time in the game and recorded a shot. Spooner is arguably one of the Bruins best offensive prospects. He possesses high-end hands, puck skills, vision, and skating ability. One knock against him is his short stature as he stands at 5’10”. Spooner is a good candidate to make the Bruins next season if he can bulk up a bit and Chris Bourque falters any further. He will be competing with other Providence Bruins Jordan Caron, Jared Knight, and Jamie Tardif should it come to that. If he can keep up his strong play, I would have to think that he will get the inside track on the job when and if it becomes available.
You can follow Ryan Spooner on Twitter here: @RSpooner2376
Defenseman, Torey Krug:
Krug was signed as a college free agent out of the University of Michigan in 2012. The former Wolverines captain made his debut with the B’s shortly after signing and played two games with the team recording an assist. The Bruins kept him as the 7th defenseman throughout the rest of the 2011/12 regular season. As a result of the 2011/12 NHL lockout; Krug was sent to the Providence Bruins to further develop his game. He would have likely been assigned to the AHL regardless of a lockout, as the Bruins signed UFA Aaron Johnson from the Columbus Blue Jackets to serve as their 7th defenseman when the season was to begin.
In 41 games with Providence this season Krug has 7 goals, 17 assists, and a -4. Krug is the Bruins best defensive prospect behind Dougie Hamilton and may be a possibly replacement for Andrew Ference should the B’s choose not to re-sign him this off-season. If I were a betting man, I would guess that Ference will be resigned and Krug will remain in Providence for the foreseeable future. I am not sure he can make an impact in the NHL as his 5’9″ stature is way undersized for the position. Time will tell as there is more to be positive about when talking about Krug, then negative.
You can follow Torey Krug on Twitter here: @KrugTorey
Right Wing, Seth Griffith:
Griffith was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Boston Bruins with the 151st overall pick. This is a pick that may turn out to be one of the steals of the 2012 draft class. Griffith was deemed to be too undersized by many scouts going into the draft and fell significantly because of it. The young right wing is 5’11” and 185Lb. Griffith is also a friend and former London Knights teammate of current Bruins prospect Jared Knight. Their familiarity was obviously an influence in the young wing being drafted.
Griffith is currently fifth in scoring in the OHL with 33 goals, 49 assists, and a +18 in 54 games. Though he is considered undersized, Griffith has displayed tenacity to his game and an ability to win puck battles from defensemen significantly bigger than he is. He was also part of an OHL Championship winning London Knights last season. Griffith is now 20 years old which means he will likely join the Providence Bruins next season. If he can continue to use his high end hockey IQ, he will be of great benefit to the Bruins organization which at times can be in desperate need of playmakers. His size will always be an issue, but in today’s NHL a lot of undersized guys are making an impact with their speed, creativity, and hockey smarts. Hopefully Griffith can do the same.
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