(CSNNE.com) – Veteran winger Peter Mueller was released from his PTO with the Bruins after a couple of decent preseason performances at the start of training camp, and young prospects Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, Zachary Senyshyn and Jesse Gabrielle were returned to their respective junior hockey teams for another year of development.
Ahhh, Peter Mueller. We hardly got to know ya. And I guess we never will. I had high hopes for the former 2006 first round draft pick. The guy did put up 20+ goals and 50+ points in his rookie season. Regardless of his pedigree, it wasn’t enough.
Although he didn’t play poorly, Mueller just didn’t do enough to impress in the first preseason game against Columbus. That kind of put him behind the 8-ball when the younger options in Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk looked very strong right out of the gate. And now the two rookies are deservedly sticking around through the first set of cuts instead of Mueller. Heinen has always had the inside track to a roster spot on the wing with Jimmy Vesey opting to go to New York instead of Boston. With DeBrusk also making the most of his opportunity he may be there opening night as well, sliding into the slot Frank Vatrano left vacant due to injury.
And of course Brandon Carlo survived the cuts as well. He has been the best young defenseman in camp so far. I’m not sure how it’ll shake out in the end with the Bruins now bringing in Christian Ehrhoff on a tryout basis after he had a strong showing at the World Cup of Hockey for finalist Team Europe. Carlo has shown he can hang but how preseason games translate to his performance against a complete NHL roster is the unknown.
Lastly, it’s no surprise seeing the young kids heading back to junior either. Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, Zach Senyshyn, and Jesse Gabrielle all could use a little more seasoning. However, Zboril looked pretty good for the most part during camp and overall it’s a great collection of talent that just needs more time to mature and develop.
I don’t want to look too far ahead yet, but just thinking of the collection of talent on the cusp of breaking through at next years rookie and full team camps has me pretty excited.