A lot of fans over the past couple of weeks have been worried and complaining about who the Bruins did not take with their three consecutive 1st round picks back in 2015. “They should have drafted Matt Barzal, or Kyle Connor, or Thomas Chabot, or Brock Boeser.”
Instead, they should be concentrating on who the Bruins did pick. That would be Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn.
In my honest opinion Jake DeBrusk is having a fantastic rookie season that everyone should be more thankful for that than burning energy on “what if”. At the time of writing this blog he has 4 points in the past 2 games (2 goals and 2 assists). He has 11 points in his last 11 games. However, for the short sighted ones out there, it took a full year of AHL seasoning to get him ready to be the true full time NHLer he’s become.
And that is exactly what the Bruins are doing with Zach Senyshyn.
I wrote this about Senyshyn the first time he was awarded our BostonPucks.com prospect of the week honor this season. Senyshyn is on the same trajectory as DeBrusk. If you look at Senyshyn’s and DeBrusk’s AHL career, stats and all, they both had a feeling out period at the beginning of the season and then they turned it on once it started to click.
Zach Senyshyn just had a terrific week with Providence. The P-Bruins played three games, all on the road. Senyshyn scored a goal in all three games and he also added an assist in Saturday’s game against the Hershey Bears.
Senyshyn now has 6 goals, 9 assists, for 15 points in 26 games. By no means are these stats eye popping. However, just look at DeBrusk’s stats and Danton Heinen’s stats through 26 AHL games last year as well. Through 26 games DeBrusk had 12 points (4 goals and 8 assists) and Heinen had 19 points (8 goals and 11 assists). Now those two guys are doing “okay” at the NHL level, right?
Back on December 11th @BruinsNetwork tweeted out his opinion on why Senyshyn has not scored as much as he did in the OHL:
This is a big improvement. I watched Senyshyn play live for the Soo Greyhounds in 2016 and being defensively responsible was not part of his game. That is no knock on Senyshyn. At the time, at the OHL level he didn’t need to be defensively responsible. To me this sounds like a guy who gets what is going to get him to the NHL and if you are not a superstar you are going to need to be defensively responsible or else unemployed.
Don Sweeney has preached patience and that is what they showed in DeBrusk and Heinen. Now it is providing dividends for the 2017-2018 Bruins. Sweeney has a plan and it is working.
Senyshyn might not end up being a star but he is going to be a good NHLer. Be patient. Let him develop at the AHL level. And stop worrying about who was drafted after him.
- Bruins 2nd round pick in 2017, Jack Studnicka, continues to have a nice season for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. Studnicka added 4 assists on the week and now has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 34 games.
- Providence goalie Zane McIntyre recorded a shutout last week against the Hershey Bears. McIntyre now is 10-5-1-1 with a 2.84 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
- With the holiday season upon us it was a light schedule in the NCAA so nothing to report on there. But, have no fear, we have the wonderful World Junior Championships and holiday tournaments for the NCAA coming up after Christmas. Get ready.
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