The Providence Bruins finally seem to be settling into their season. Over the past two weeks they’ve played 5 games and were able to grab 5 points along the way. Now I know what you are going to say, “5 points in 5 games is not great,” but from where they were coming from it is a big deal. They got 2 of their 3 wins on the season over that 5 game stretch as we begin to see what they really are.

I thought Providence was going to be better than they have shown so far this season due to the influx of young talent the Bruins have accumulated. But I also didn’t expect Brandon Carlo to be in The Show full time either. The Boston Bruins defensive gain in Carlo is clearly a huge Providence Bruins loss. Also, the NHL Bruins opening night rostered Rob O’Gara is now down in Providence, as well as recent demotion Danton Heinen. Certainly bringing in more talent to the Providence roster helps bring in better results.

When Danton Heinen was sent down to Providence I had a feeling he was going to rip it up, and boy did he. He played in all 3 games this weekend and had 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) and this is why he is the BostonPucks.com Prospect of the Week. It would have been easy for Heinen to pout and not get right to work after getting a taste of the NHL before being sent down to Providence. After all, he was pegged early in B’s training camp to be a steady third line winger. But after being held scoreless on Friday night, he went on to score a goal and grab an assist in both Providence games on Saturday and Sunday.

While Heinen was up with the Big Bruins he showed creativity, a quick release, and was good along the boards. The kid really does have a ton of skill, but is not flashy either. And Heinen was not getting a ton of great opportunities in a short stint with the Big Bruins as bounced around the lineup. Although I think he can play in the NHL, it is not a bad thing for him to spend some time in Providence and build up confidence in the pro game. It could also become a numbers situation too, where he could be stuck in Providence for awhile even if he continues to roll down there, especially once Frank Vatrano returns from injury. Either way, the kid can play and will be a full time NHLer at some point. Here’s a nice snapshot of his 1st pro goal puck:

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Other Prospect Notes

  • Being an Ivy League school Harvard starts their season later than other NCAA Division 1 schools. They have now played 4 official games. Ryan Donato had 3 goals in the opening weekend against Arizona State.  This past weekend he balanced out his stats by recording 3 assists.
  • Zach Senyshyn got off the schnide by scoring a goal on Sunday against Flint. I hope he did not drink the water while he was there because he cannot afford to get sick again. Hopefully this is the beginning of Senyshyn catching his stride and goes on a tear in the OHL.
  • Jeremy Lauzon returned to action after missing almost a month with a concussion. And he did so with a bang, recording 3 assists against Halifax on Friday night. It is great to see the kid return and not show any side effects from the concussion.
  • Peter Cehlarik is quietly putting together a great first professional season in North America. Cehlarik also had a 4 point weekend just like Heinen. The big left wing has 9 points (5 goals and 4 assists) in 8 games with Providence.  This is a guy who is flying under the radar and could help the Boston Bruins some point this season if and when he gets a call up. He had a good preseason showing too, and if he keeps up this pace he could force his way into the Bruins lineup.