Bruins Prospect Update Nov 19th-Nov. 25th 2017

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 19th-Nov. 25th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Baby B’s played three games last week starting off on Sunday, November 19th with a 4-1 win over the Hershey Bears at the Dunk in Providence. B’s goals scored by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (5th) Colby Cave (2nd) Austin Czarnik PPG (5th) Colton Hargrove (4th). Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the start making 17 saves on 18 shots.

On Wednesday, November 22nd the B’s put together a 2-1 overtime victory on the road against the Binghamton Devils. Bruins got a shorthanded goal by Kevin Porter his first of the season and the extra session winner by Colton Hargrove (5th). Zane McIntyre got the start in goal making 27 saves on 28 shots.

Saturday night the Baby B’s traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to play the Checkers and failed to show up against a team they haven’t played since 2011 losing by the score of 8-2. Providence goals scored by Ryan Fitzgerald (5th) and a power-play goal scored by Kenny Agostino (4th). Zane McIntyre got the second straight start of the week giving up all eight goals and was far from the focus of blame in the weekend contest making 35 saves on 43 shots.

East Coast Hockey League

Dan Vladar – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Vladar appeared in two games last week starting on Sunday, November 19th against the South Carolins Stingrays losing 3-2 in overtime with the Bruins 2015 third round pick making 30 saves on 33 shots in front of the home crowd.

Wednesday, November 23rd the Gladiators once again played the South Carolina team but this time losing by the score of 2-1 in regulation. Vladar stopped 22 of 24 shots in the home game. Vladar is now 4-3-1 with a 2.86 goals-against-average, and .908 save percentage in nine games this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Jack Studnicka- Oshawa Generals

2017 second-round pick Studnicka has been back on track offensively getting points in all three games last week to tie his 2017-18 season point streak at five games. In 25 games played this season he has 7-17-24 numbers.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The 2017 fourth-round selection played in two games last week as he and his Black Bear team played over in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the third annual Friendship Four Tournament. The freshman Anchorage, Alaska native gave up two goals making 34 saves on Friday, November 24th 3-0 loss to Providence College.

On Saturday, November 25th against RPI University, Swayman gave up another two goals making 18 saves for a Black Bear 4-2 victory. In eight games this season Jeremy is now 4-3-0 with a 2.50 goals-against-average, and .921 save percentage.

Ryan Donato – Harvard University

Ryan played in one game last week contributing an assist in a 4-4 overtime tie against the Boston College Eagles. Donato has now notched at least one point in all eight games played this year and has 4-6-10 numbers.

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

Cameron played in one game last week in a 4-2 win over Mercyhurst College and added an assist to bring his 2017-18 season-high point streak to three games. Hughes has 6-6-12 numbers and is one point behind fellow Bruins prospect and Badgers teammate Trent Frederic (13 Points) for fourth on the team.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of 11/12/17 to 11/19/17

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 12th-Nov. 18th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 12th on the road in Springfield Massachusetts with a 4-3 overtime loss to the hand of the Thunderbirds. Baby B’s goal scorers were Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and 1st ever pro goal from Emil Johansson. Have to mention 2015 first round pick Zach Senyshyn as he assisted on all three Bruins goals and has been playing very well as of late. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington stopped 32 of 36 Thunderbirds shots.

On Friday night November 17th at the Dunk in Providence, Rhode Island the Baby B’s hosted the Hershey Bears and were thoroughly outplayed in a 4-1 regulation loss. Justin Hickman with the only Bruins goal on the night which was unassisted. Zane McIntyre who’s been struggling lately took the loss stopping 21 of 24 shots.
The Providence team is now sitting in the fourth position in the Atlantic Division with a 7-5-2 record with 18 points and get back to work with a 1:05 game again at the Dunk against the same Bears team they played Friday night.

Bruins Prospect Jakub Zboril has been out of action since the November 11th matchup where he took a substantial hit to the head from WBS Penguins player Andrey Pedan who was assessed a minor penalty for the hit and a five-minute fighting major as teammate Kenny Agostino came to the defense of his defenseman. Zboril has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury. Pedan, on the other hand, was suspended the following Monday for four games by the American Hockey League for a Charging major which resulted in a head injury. We hope Jakub returns quickly as he’s been through concussion protocol, but his return remains uncertain.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar only appeared in one game for the Gladiators last week and took a beating in the Wednesday, November 15th morning road game against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in front of a packed house of school children stopping 36 of 42 Greenville shots taking the 6-3 loss. Vladar is now 4-2-1 on the season with a 3.10 goals-against-average, and .906 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka snapped his 12 goalless streak and recent five-game pointless streak on Thursday night November 16th with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes team. The next night on Friday, November 17th he had a shorthanded goal in a 4-2 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads and now has 6-14-20 numbers through 22 games.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Send Dogs forward Cedric Pare easily had his best game of the 2017-18 season last week on Friday, November 17th as he contributed four points in a 7-2 win over the Halifax Moosehead’s. Both goals from Pare were scored on the power play and was named the second star of the game. Pare who missed close to two-weeks of action with a minor injury before returning to action against the Moosehead’s now has 7-5-12 numbers in 21 games played this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic- University of Wisconsin

The former 2016 first round selection snapped a career-high four games pointless slump on Friday night November 17th when he collected a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win over Michigan. On Saturday, November 18th once again matching up against the Michigan team he added an assist in the 4-4 overtime tie as he seems to be back on track offensively. Trent now has 6-7-13 numbers in 15 games this season and is tied for first in scoring with teammate Ryan Wagner.

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

The Badgers Captain also had a great weekend alongside Trent Frederic with a goal on Friday night and Saturday night against Michigan. The Senior forward now has 6-4-10 numbers in 15 games played.

Ryan Donato- Harvard University

Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal on Friday night November 17th against Minnesota and added an assist in Saturday nights repeat matchup against the Gophers. Donato now has points in every game he’s played so far this season and is leading his Crimson team in scoring with 4-5-9 numbers.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The 2017 goaltender selected in the fourth round by the Bruins appeared in one game last week on Friday, November 17th stopping 40 of 42 shots in the 5-2 victory over the Boston University Terriers. Swayman, a freshman this season has appeared in six games posting a record of 3-2-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.71 and .919 save percentage.

Bruins Prospect Studnicka Seems To Be Getting Back On Track

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By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

After going 12 games without a goal and recent five games without a point, Boston Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka snapped his struggles offensively to earn points in his last two games. The monkey was ripped off his back on Thursday night when he got a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes.

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Last night the 6′-2″ 177-pound second-round selection of the B’s in 2017 started another point streak when he contributed another goal in as many games in a 4-2 loss to the Mississauga Steel Heads. With three points in two games the skilled center now has 6-14-20 numbers in 22 games this season, and with a little more confidence in his game with an Oshawa Generals team that’s been banged up lately, I believe he’ll still have a great season regardless of recent struggles. Below is a video courtesy of Generals Live Twitter account ( @GeneralsUpdates ) of Studnicka’s shorthanded goal last night.

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Studnicka was selected by the Oshawa Generals with the 21st pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey Leagues priority draft and is currently in his third full season in one of the better Canadian Hockey League teams when it comes to junior hockey in Canada. The Tecumseh, Ontario native has appeared in 148 games for the Generals and has career 28-70-98 numbers, and with 46 regular season games remaining, he could pass his season career high of 18-34-52 he got in the 2016-17 season before the Bruins selected him in the NHL Entry Draft from Chicago, Illinois this past June.

For those who would like to see what type of player Studnicka can be, check out these Youtube video below!

 

Boston Bruins Prospect Update

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By: Mark Allred       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Since I do so much research on the prospects in the Boston Bruins organization for our Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast, I thought why not write an article about all the information I gather every week. This is generally focusing on B’s prospects in North America but going to add those who are also a part of the organization while playing in Europe. Hope you all enjoy these as I try to deliver the best updates I can for those interested.

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 5th-Nov. 11th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 5th at the Dunk in Providence Rhode, Island. Zane McIntyre got the start in his return to the AHL to get in some game action as he’s been up and down Interstate 95 on emergency situations. McIntyre gave up all six goals in a 6-0 shutout loss against the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers stopping 31 of 37 shots.
The second game of the week came on Saturday, Nov 11th with a 4-3 overtime loss to the WBS Penguins who only needed 20 seconds into the extra frame to seal the victory. Baby B’s got goals from Colby Cave and two from Ryan Fitzgerald.  The Providence team is currently in 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 7-4-22-0 record and 15 points after 13 games played this season.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar appeared in back-to-back games last week starting on Friday, Nov. 10th against the South Carolina Stingrays where he gave up two goals but finished strong helping the Glads to a 3-2 overtime win stopping 29 of 31 shots.
The 2015 third-round pick of the NHL Bruins was back in the crease on Saturday night Nov. 11th against the same Stingrays team stopping 30 of 31 shits to help his Glads team to the 2-1 overtime victory. With the two wins over the weekend, the Czech Republic native extends his career high ECHL winning streak to four games and has a 4-1-0-0 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average, and .918 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka is currently on a four-game pointless streak and doesn’t have a goal in his last 11 games. The Center and his Gens team play the Ottawa 67’s tonight and hope to have a better update during next seeks show of his efforts in the OHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Per Kevin Chambers and Craig Eagles who both write about the QMJHL, 2017 6th round pick Cedric Pare last action was on the third of November where he’s believed to have got a minor injury that’s held him out of the last 4 games. We hope Cedric gets back to action soon as he was playing much better before the injury.

Western Hockey League- Brandon Wheat Kings

Boston Bruins, 2017 seventh round defensive selection Daniel Bukac has been out of action since the start of the 2017-18 season and still recovering from offseason surgery. The 6’-5” 207-pound blueliner has been skating during non-team practices per Brandon Sun beat writer Perry Bergson and seems to be anxious for a return from his Twitter activity.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic– University of Wisconsin
The former 2016 first round selection is riding a career-high four games without a single point and no goals in his last five games. In 13 games played Trent has 5-5-10 numbers and looks to snap his offensive struggles with back-to-back games starting this Friday night against Michigan.

Ryan Lindgren– Minnesota
Played in two games over the weekend but only got on the scoresheet on Saturday night when he scored his second goal of the season for the Gophers. In 12 games this year the sophomore has four points, but with his shutdown defensive style, he’s playing well regardless.

Ryan Donato– Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal against Colgate on Friday night and added an assist on Saturday night against Cornell. Donato now has a point in every game this season and is 3-4-7 in five appearances.

Bruins Prospect Shines In 2017-18 Season Debut

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Jack Studnicka puts on the Boston Bruins jersey after being selected 53rd overall during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. BRUCE BENNETT / GETTY IMAGES

By: Mark Allred                        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins 2017 Second-Round selection Jack Studnicka certainly made the best of his release from the summer offseason training camp events in Boston to return to his Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals in style with a four-point effort and 8-2 pounding over opponent Sudbury Wolves.

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The 6′-2″ 180-pound right-shooting center had 2-2-4 numbers to start his third year of Canadian Junior Hockey tonight and had a solid season before getting selected 54th in round two as he contributed 18-34-52 totals in 64 games played.  If you want a solid prediction of what kind of year this kid might have, check out OHL Writers Regional Prospect guru Dominic Tiano’s Tweet below, and if this is what’s to be expected it’s another solid selection moving forward in the developmental scheme of the Bruins.

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As being a recent draft pick I can only go on what I’ve seen on video and his first development/main camp experience and have to say he’s a quick player with a set of crafty hands. Smart player with nice passing skills as he seems to be a look first unselfish type of player and I’m only basing my words on same team training sessions.

I’m definitely going to be paying more attention with a closer eye with available streams when I can but will heavily rely on the fantastic members of the Minor League Hockey community such as Guy FlamingSteve Kournianos, Dobber Prospects Radio, and the mentioned Dominic Tiano for their knowledge and insight of tomorrow’s stars. If you’re a prospect person and need solid outlets, I highly recommend you give them a follow.

Bruins’ Prospects Battle Back, Defeat Pens Prospects in Overtime, 3-2

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By: Bob Mand                     Follow Me On Twitter @HockeyMand

The Boston Bruins’ prospect squad defeated their analogs from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization 3 to 2 in overtime at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, achieving victory in their opening leg of the 2017 Third Annual Prospects Challenge. The ‘They Might Be Bruins’ showed grit, skill, and determination in resolving a 2-0 deficit after a period of play into the final 3-2 edge.

Jesse Gabrielle, the Bruins 2015 fourth rounder, scored minutes into the three-on-three action, beating the Pittsburgh goaltender short-side with a deft wrister on an odd man advantage mere seconds after positively blowing a 2-on-0 breakaway on the same shift.

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Also scoring for the Bruins were much-anticipated second-rounder centers Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jack Studnicka. Studnicka scored first for the Bruins in the second period, halving the Proto-Pens advantage with a settled-down slapper in the slot that appeared to wrong-foot the Pens’ goaltender, Alex D’Orio. ‘JFK’ scored his game-tying tally, capitalizing on a forced turnover near the goal-line and firing the puck home.

After a first period where the Bruins were outclassed on and off the scoreboard, the true Black and Gold emerged from the intermission as the dominant squad. Led by alternate captain and 2013 third-rounder Matt Grzelcyk, Boston’s squad rebounded from the ugliness of the first stanza to control the pace and zone play for much of the rest of the game.

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Standouts included the goal-scoring trio, the aforementioned Grzelcyk; AHL signee and former Quinnipiac University captain (and Arizona Coyotes draftee), defenseman Connor Clifton; and undrafted invitee goaltender Kyle Keyser.

 

Other Notes:

  • Keyser made an amazing save early in period one, going left to right against Pittsburgh forward Teddy Blueger, nearly achieving a full split on the lightning-quick push-off. If Keyser had been just a little less on the ball, we’d have been talking a first-period blowout and not a comeback ‘W.’
  • Emil Johansson had a very solid afternoon for the Bruins, displaying good puck control in the corners, the ability and willingness to slow down play when necessary and the capability to make crisp outlet passes. He is one of the older skaters in the event with pro experience in Sweden, so it makes sense he should be noticeable.
  • Zach Senyshyn wasn’t the complete force that I’d want him to be if he plans on contending for a spot in Boston this year. However, on more than one occasion, his wheels created significant problems for the opposition – including a mad dash up the off-wing that ended uneventfully but was nonetheless fun to watch.
  • Jeremy Lauzon had a few awful turnovers in the first half of the game – including a terrible no-look backhand clear directly to the opposition. He settled down and was solid but not spectacular the rest of the tilt.
  • Jakub Zboril had a similarly (if less noticeable) poor game overall, though he did make one magnificent hit on Pens’ forward Jan Drozg in the third.
  • Zboril’s partner (and numerical inverse 76 to Jakub’s 67), Connor Clifton, had a dynamic game and was all over my notepad. Despite one misread that led to a scoring opportunity for the Bruins’ foes and a couple of poor clears, Clifton was the Bruins’ best defenseman not born in Boston. He made several understated D-to-D chips, forced turnovers, made open ice checks, and displayed the ability to read attackers well… If he continues to play like this through training camp, don’t be surprised when some team with 49 contracts or less snaps him up.
  • Studnicka came out flat like many Bruins but emerged as the team’s best forward through the entirety of the afternoon. It’s little wonder that the B’s snagged the Oshawa Generals’ captain in the second round this year when you see his motor and hockey-sense in action. If anything, the Windsor, Ontario native was trying to play too ‘fine’ throughout the game… Gripping the stick too tightly on a few shots and trying to make some difficult plays when higher-percentage ones were available.

 

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Bruins Prospect Studnicka Named Captain

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By: Mark Allred                     Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Yesterday the Ontario Hockey Leagues Oshawa Generals named forward Jack Studnicka team captain for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign. The 6′-1″ 174-pound center was the 53rd selection of the Boston Bruins at the National Hockey league Entry Draft held in Chicago. Illinois in June of this year.

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Last season with the Generals the 18-year-old Tecumseh, Ontario Canada native appeared in 64 games posting 18-34-52 numbers which were far better than his 26 points in 62 games he totaled in 2015-16 as an OHL rookie. His play in the post season has also got better with zero points in five games as a rookie to 15 points in 11 games in the spring of this year.

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The new Generals Captain reminds me of the way David Backes plays his game as the veteran forward has a knack to get to the top of the crease and be a nuisance screening the opposing goaltender. From the many scouting reports I’ve read on the young player is he seems to excel in his development when he’s given more responsibility and can clearly be seen in his year-to-year stats. With the upcoming OHL season, I believe Jack will pass his career high of last season with a little bit of swag from being an NHL drafted player and a lot of hard work with his commitment to his Generals team for at least another two seasons. He’ll be eligible for the American Hockey League at the age of 20, so anytime in the OHL from now until then to continue his development will only benefit him as a player and the NHL Bruins organization if and when he’s ready to transition his game to the highest level of hockey in the world. .

Dominic Tiano who covers the Ontario Hockey League for the OHLWriters.me website had some very interesting insight when he wrote a Player Profile on Studnicka back in March of this year and can be read in full HERE.

Below are some quotes from Tiano’s article that I thought we important to pass along for the interest factor for those who what to know about tomorrow’s stars today. I also highly recommend you follow Dominic on all available social media outlets.

I don’t believe Studnicka is an offense first player, which I see tagged to him plenty. He puts as much attention to detail on the defensive side as he does on the offense. He plays in all situations and takes key faceoffs for the Generals. He’s quietly become the Generals’ top face off man at 53%. It’s his extremely high compete level that makes him pay attention at both ends.

Studnicka has good size – although adding bulk will be key for him. He is an excellent skater who has an explosive first step and decent top end speed who can change direction with ease. He possesses very good vision with high quality playmaking skills with an ability to set up his teammates. His shot is underrated in my opinion. His release is deceptive and accurate and he puts every shot on goal with a purpose.

Studnicka can be elusive in the offensive zone. He can break away from coverage almost undetected and put himself into scoring positions. He has very good puck skills and strong possession skills. Although he needs to add some muscle, he will not shy away from the hard areas. Once he gets stronger, it will become an area where he wins more often than he loses because of it – and his work ethic.