As surprising as it may seem, but we are over a month into most hockey seasons regardless of level of play. Other than the Ivy League schools most Colleges are about a quarter of the way through their season. Throughout the season Bostonpucks is going to let you know how the Bruins’ top prospects are doing in their current season. Here are Bostonpucks’ Bruins Top 10 Prospects.
10. Alexander Khokhlachev, Center – Providence Bruins, AHL
Drafted – 2011 2nd Round (40 Overall)
Koko had a two game stint with the Bruins last week. I thought he played pretty well and was a little surprised that they sent him back down. You cannot argue with the move though. The Bruins sent Koko down in favor of Frankie Vatrano, who scored in his NHL debut and looks to be more of an impact player for the Bruins. In his 2 game stint Koko showed off some of his skill, but he did not show enough. Koko is currently 6th in the AHL in scoring with 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points. Give Koko credit he has stepped up his game this year, but it is going to be hard for him to crack the Bruins lineup without an injury.
9. Danton Heinen, Center – Denver, NCAA
Drafted – 2014 4th Round (116 Overall)
To be honest I was expecting a better start to the year from Danton Heinen then he has had. As a Freshman at Denver he scored 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 40 games. He was the third leading Freshman scorer in the NCAA last year behind guys by the name of Jack Eichal who had 71 points (26 goals and 45 assist) and Dylan Larkin who had 47 points (15 goals and 32 assists). Both of those players are having success at the NHL level this year. Currently through 8 games Heinen has 7 points (4 goals and 3 assists). He must have been showing off to the Bruins’ scouts when Denver visited Boston College and Boston University by scoring 2 goals and an assist against BC. He has picked up the pace in the past two weekends scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 games.
8. Jeremy Lauzon, Defense – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL
Drafted – 2015 2nd Round (52 Overall)
Jeremy Lauzon is an offensive defenseman, which you can tell by his stats so far in the Quebec Major Junior League. He has 3 goals and 21 assist in 17 games played this year. Lauzon is also a plus 19. Lauzon has good size at 6’2″ and 193 pounds and he skates well. He has been selected to represent the QMJHL in the CHL vs Russia series, where each league in the CHL forms a team of the best Canadian players to play against Russia’s best.
7. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Center – Boston University, NCAA
Drafted – 2015 2nd Round (45 Overall)
The Swedish center is a Freshman at BU. He has scored 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points in 8 games. He is the 5th leading scorer on a stacked BU team. Forsbacka-Karlsson is known to be a playmaker with a high hockey IQ. He definitely has the size to become a good NHL player some day at 6’1″ and 192 pounds. Somehow we missed Forsbacka-Karlsson on when we wrote Future NHL Stars Coming to a College Arena Near You. With this start at BU he will not be missed again.
6. Ryan Donato, Left Wing – Harvard, NCAA
Drafted – 2014 2nd Round (56 Overall)
Another college player cracking Bostonpucks Bruins Top 10 Prospects. Ryan Donato is playing for his father and former Bruin, Ted, at Harvard. Since Harvard is an Ivy League school they do not start playing games at the beginning of October like non Ivy League schools. Donato has 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 games. Averaging over a point a game as a freshman in College is impressive and it is what got him on this list as well as an impressive showing at Prospect Camp over the summer. Donato also scored a goal in Harvard’s exhibition game against New Brunswick (Canada).
5. Brandon Carlo, Defense – Tri-City Americans, WHL
Drafted – 2015 2nd Round (37 Overall)
Carlo is from Colorado, so he is not able to play in the CHL vs Russia series since is it just for Canadian players. If it was not for that he would be representing the WHL. Carlo is off to a good start for Tri-City. In 11 games he has 1 goal and 7 assists. Carlo signed an entry level contract during Bruins Training Camp. Carlo is projected to develop quickly. He was projected to go in the first round, but due to the deep draft in 2015 he slipped to the Bruins at 37th overall. Carlo is big, 6’5″ and 200 pounds. He fits the trend of good skaters that the Bruins were drafting in 2015. Because Carlo is playing in the CHL he will need to play out his junior hockey eligibility before he can play full time in the AHL. Not many defenseman can jump right into the NHL and they need AHL seasoning.
4. Malcolm Subban, Goalie – Providence Bruins, AHL
Drafted – 2012 1st Round (24 Overall)
Subban is off to a rough start in Providence this year. At the beginning of the year he had to deal with a lower body injury. He is now healthy and has played in 3 games, but the results have not been good. He has a 1-3 record with a 4.27 goals against average, and a .847 save percentage. With goalies sometimes their results are not due to their play. The Bruins have graduated some defenseman over the past few years, so there is a new crop of defenseman in Providence. I would suspect that both Subban’s and Zane McIntyre’s numbers will improve as the year goes on.
3. Zach Senyshyn, Right Wing, Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, OHL
Drafted – 2015 1st Round (15 Overall)
The Bruins reached for Senyshyn in the first round and got blasted for it by Pierre McGuire during the draft. But after the draft you started hearing that other scouts had him rated high on their list and they thought it was a good pick. Time will tell, but one thing is certain this kid can put the puck in the net. Through 14 games Senyshyn has 9 goals and 3 assists for 12 points. He is representing the OHL in the CHL vs Russia series, which you might be able to catch some of the games on the NHL Network. Senyshyn can skate and has good size (6’2″ and 194 pounds). Senyshyn was an early cut during Bruins Training Camp, but he had a good showing at Prospects Camp over the summer.
2. Jake DeBrusk, Left Wing, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
Drafted 2015 1st Round (14 Overall)
DeBrusk was picked to represent the WHL in the CHL vs Russia series, but has not participated due to injury. Through 13 games with the Broncos DeBrusk has 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points. In Bruins Training Camp DeBrusk showed a willingness to go to the dirty areas and he even was mucking it up with some NHL Veterans showing that he was not intimidated. Most likely DeBrusk will play out his Junior eligibility before making his NHL debut.
1. Jakub Zboril, Defense – Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Drafted 2015 1st Round (13 Overall)
On draft night our old friend Pierre McGuirre said that Zboril is the type of player that will be hearing from the NHL Discipline Department during his career because he plays on the edge. He sounds like he will be a good fit with the Bruins. He is said to be one of the most NHL ready defenseman in the CHL. The Czech born defenseman is projected to be a two way defenseman. He is another Bruins’ prospect that skates well. Zboril has not put up the points that I expected so far this year. He has 3 goals and 3 assists in 11 games. He is plus 1 on the season though, and that says something to be a plus player in the CHL, which usually is a more wide open game. Offensive players are usually ahead of defenseman in development at this age as well. Like Brandon Carlo, Zboril has signed an entry level contract with the Bruins.
- Frankie Vatrano would be on this list, but since he is currently in the NHL he was absent from this list.