Midseason check-in with John Beecher and other Bruins top prospects

Matt Kalman
January 07, 2020 - 3:36 pm

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship is in the rearview mirror with Canada having claimed yet another gold medal.

Players are reporting back to schools, junior teams and even pro teams, and the colleges are starting to dig back into their league schedules.

So there’s no better time to provide you an update on how some of the Bruins’ top prospects are faring so far this season:

John Beecher

2019, 1st round (No. 30)

The biggest-name Bruins prospect at the WJC was the Michigan center, who didn’t have a point in five games for the U.S.. He created some chances and looked sound defensively, particularly on the penalty kill.

He finished the tournament with a bang, earning a one-game suspension for next year’s WJC with this hit late in the American’s quarterfinal loss to Finland.

At Michigan this season, the freshman has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 16 games. You can hear more about Beecher’s first year at Michigan in the Steve Shields episode of The Skate Podcast:

Jakub Lauko

2018, 3rd round (No. 77)

The Czech Republic representative at the WJC injured his MCL on the first shift of the first game against Russia. The good news was that it wasn’t a serious enough injury to rush him back to North America, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney told The Boston Globe.

Lauko will now return to Providence of the American Hockey League, where he’s put up eight points (four goals, four assists) in 18 games.

Curtis Hall

2018, 4th round (No. 119)

Beecher’s teammate on the U.S. squad, Hall had one goal in five games.

Now he’s back at Yale, where he’s had seven points (six goals, one assist) in nine games thus far in his sophomore season.

Axel Andersson

2018, 2nd round (No. 57)

The defenseman seems to be taking to the North American game well with Moncton of the QMJHL. He has 16 points (one goal, 15 assist) in 30 games.

He didn’t get the call to play for Sweden at the WJC but that allowed him to stay hot and put up five points (one goal, four assists) in three games last week.

Jack Studnicka

2017, 2nd round (No. 53)

The center is the prospect that Bruins fans most want to see more of in Boston. And after his two-game NHL stint he’s continued to impress and now has 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games at Providence. The first-year pro could get another look soon if general manager Don Sweeney doesn’t make a move to solidify his club’s top nine.

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