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Bruins' prospect pool ranked 27th by The Athletic

Cameron Kerry
August 08, 2018 - 12:19 pm

The Bruins have a mix of proven veterans and impressive young talent, resulting in one of the league's best rosters.

Despite the team's impressive success at the highest level, noted NHL Prospects writer Corey Pronman of The Athletic ranked the Bruins' prospects 27th out of 31 teams. In his 2017 list, the Bruins ranked 10th. 

The Bruins graduated many players up to Boston.

Danton Heinen, Matt Gryzelcyk, Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, and Charlie McAvoy all played important roles with the Bruins last year. David Pastrnak and Brandon Carlo are both under 23 years old and have been contributors to the team for multiple years. 

Pronman categorized prospects into tiers based on potential and each player's respective skill set. The Bruins only had one 'very good NHL prospect': Ryan Donato. The Harvard product recorded five goals and nine points in his first 12 NHL contests. After dipping his toe into the league last season, Donato will look to carve out a defined role with the black and gold this season. 

Although he does not provide a reason for why Boston's prospects rank so low when compared to the rest of the league, it appears that the lack of high end talent not already in the NHL hurts the Bruins. The majority of their prospect pool is either a year or two away from having a carved out, full-time role with the team or low-end NHL depth talent. The Bruins have many prospects who fit both of those criteria, yet no incredible prospect that still needs time to develop his game in the minor leagues. 

The Bruins have integrated young talent into their lineup, which has elevated their team but hurt their prospect ranking. The Bruins will need to continue to utilize the prospect pool in the future to maintain sustained success. 

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