It’s a wonderful season for Boston Bruins fans this year, with the team having a league-leading 41-8-5 record for them to enjoy. At the conclusion of the year; however, will come some questions about this team’s future. Even if Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci don’t return, it’s obvious the Bruins will need some new young blood in the coming years.
Prospects That Almost Look NHL Ready
The Providence Bruins are also having a good year, and although some say the prospect pool is depleted we have a few players who look like they could reach the National level soon.
Georgii Merkulov – C
The Russian-born prospect out of Ohio State University has already made a splash in his early AHL career. Merkulov has tallied 14-goals, while dishing out 21-assists for 35-total-points in 43 games-played. The more impressive play has come of late, with 6-goals and 3-assists in his last 5-games-played.
He can play the center position and looks like he has the talent to develop into a good player at the National level. I anticipate him being with the NHL Bruins in the coming years.
Fabian Lysell- RW
Coming from Sweden, Lysell has a really attractive skillset when you watch how he glides on the ice with great skating ability. His first step, crossover technique, and overall talent is really fun to watch. Although he didn’t have the greatest showing at the World Juniors this past year, he’s shown that he has the talent to score in Providence this year. Lysell has 10-goals and 16-assists in 31-games-played this season. Keep an eye on him, and enjoy the show he can sometimes put on.
Brandon Bussi- G
The young Goaltender out of Western Michigan University punched his ticket to an AHL all-star weekend this year, while posting a 14-2-4 record with a 2.19 goals-against-average, and a .934 save-percentage. He is a little different, as his glove hand is not the traditional left hand side, with him being a full right goaltender. He has the ability to make some spectacular unorthodox saves, and is a big body at 6-foot-5, 209-pounds. He’s someone that will be worth something in this league if he keeps his level of play up, whether it’s with the organization or in a different one.
Other Solid Prospects To Keep An Eye On
Mason Lohrei- D
Probably considered the top defensive prospect in the organization, Lohrei is playing at Ohio State University and really looking like he’s going to be part of the Bruins future barring a trade. He is a 6-foot-4, 209-pound body with the ability to play big minutes and set up teammates, as he has 20-assists this year.
Jonathan Beecher- C
Not the greatest stat sheet this year, but good on the dot and can kill penalties. Keep an eye on his development.
Kyle Keyser- G
With a 7-0-2 record on the year, he is part of the three-headed monster that Providence has been rolling with.
Brett Harrison- C
Not quite in Providence yet, but the 119-year-old is lighting it up for the Windsor Spitfires with 28-points in 19-games-played. We’ll see how he develops.
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