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Bruins Future - The Prospects

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Boston Bruins Prospects

 

Kasperi Kapanen – 2014 1st round, 9th overall by Arizona

Acquired by Boston along with a 2017 1st round pick (Cal Foote) and Drew Stafford in exchange for Milan Lucic

 

Kapanen is undersized in today’s game but makes up for it with his speed, smarts and is a dynamic player. He can win battles in the offensive zone. He can get up and down the ice very well. He lacks in the defensive zone however has improved and is a work in progress. He projects to be a third line player in the NHL, but is coming off a successful year in the AHL. Should crack the top 6 with the NEFHL Bruins.

 

Projection: Bottom six winger with upside

 

 

Austin Poganski – 2014 3rd round, 84th overall by Boston

Poganski projects to be a bottom six player who is sound defensively and will chip in on the scoresheet occasionally. He’s hard working, grinds and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Several reports compare him to David Backes but time will tell if his developmental trajectory continues to rise.

 

Projection: Bottom six

 

 

Jake Bean – 2016 1st round, 15th overall by Nashville

Acquired by Boston along with Jeremy Roy, Ty Rattie and 2018 6th round pick in exchange for 2017 1st round pick and 2017 5th round pick

 

Although he missed a lot of time in the WHL last season, Bean improved his PPG from 0.94 to 1.05. He’s a strong puck-moving defenseman who has a great opportunity to quarterback the power-play for years to come. Although scouts would like his defensive game to improve, Bean has great attention to detail and has worked hard on both his stick and body positioning. He will see top minutes in the league for years to come.

 

Projection: 2nd/3rd line pairing with time on the Power Play

 

 

Jack Kopacka – 2016 2nd round, 45th overall by Ottawa

Acquired by Boston in exchange for David Schlemko

 

Kopacka possesses great speed and agility and accelerates well up and down the ice. He doesn’t quite have the strength or balance to win most battles along the boards but pushes himself in there. He has great stick handling abilities and can do so at top speed as well. He blocks shots very well and has great defensive positioning. He projects to play on the third line but his speed could land him in the top six if paired with the right players.

 

Projection: Bottom six

 

Jonathan Ang – 2016 5th round, 146th overall by Boston

Ang is developing into a solid two-way player. He often is at the top of the list of best skaters in the OHL and possesses great stick handling ability to go with that. He already has had success on the penalty kill and is working to improve that side of his game even more. He has great on-ice awareness but will need to fill in and gain more muscle. He has improved greatly in each of his seasons in the OHL, coming off a great offensive season and much improved plus/minus. He scored a point per game in the playoffs as well.

 

Projection: Bottom six with time on the Penalty Kill

 

 

Ivan Kosorenkov – 2016 6th round, 180th overall by Boston

Kosorenkov is creative and very good at finding some open space. He finished his rookie season in the Q at almost a point-per-game rate thanks for an outstanding second half. He is small, but his quickness allows him to slip past defenders. He has great finishing instincts as well, excelling on the power-play and recording multiple game-winners.

 

Projection: Bottom six

 

 

Foote – 2017 1st round, 23rd overall by Boston

Foote has a very strong hockey IQ and great instincts. This has allowed him to put himself in great positioning and make smart plays. He’s a great skater and plays a very good team game. He has the size but does not use it to his advantage often, instead relying on his foot work and the skill game. He projects to be a very strong second-pairing defenseman and see some time on the top line. He could potentially be a force on the power play if he works on both the accuracy and force of his shot from the point.

 

Projection: 2ndpairing with time on the Power Play

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Boston Bruins Prospects

 

Kasperi Kapanen – 2014 1st round, 9th overall by Arizona

Acquired by Boston along with a 2017 1st round pick (Cal Foote) and Drew Stafford in exchange for Milan Lucic

 

Kapanen is undersized in today’s game but makes up for it with his speed, smarts and is a dynamic player. He can win battles in the offensive zone. He can get up and down the ice very well. He lacks in the defensive zone however has improved and is a work in progress. He projects to be a third line player in the NHL, but is coming off a successful year in the AHL. Should crack the top 6 with the NEFHL Bruins.

 

 

Austin Poganski – 2014 3rd round, 84th overall by Boston

 

Poganski projects to be a bottom six player who is sound defensively and will chip in on the scoresheet occasionally. He’s hard working, grinds and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Several reports compare him to David Backes.

 

 

Jake Bean – 2016 1st round, 15th overall by Nashville

Acquired by Boston along with Jeremy Roy, Ty Rattie and 2018 6th round pick in exchange for 2017 1st round pick and 2017 5th round pick

 

Although he missed a lot of time in the WHL last season, Bean improved his PPG from 0.94 to 1.05. He’s a strong puck-moving defenseman who has a great opportunity to quarterback the power-play for years to come. Although scouts would like his defensive game to improve, Bean has great attention to detail and has worked hard on both his stick and body positioning. He will see top minutes in the league for years to come.

 

 

Jack Kopacka – 2016 2nd round, 45th overall by Ottawa

Acquired by Boston in exchange for David Schlemko

 

Kopacka possesses great speed and agility and accelerates well up and down the ice. He doesn’t quite have the strength or balance to win most battles along the boards but pushes himself in there. He has great stick handling abilities and can do so at top speed as well. He blocks shots very well and has great defensive positioning. He projects to play on the third line but his speed could land him in the top six if paired with the right players.

 

Jonathan Ang – 2016 5th round, 146th overall by Boston

 

Ang is developing into a solid two-way player. He often is at the top of the list of best skaters in the OHL and possesses great stick handling ability to go with that. He already has had success on the penalty kill and is working to improve that side of his game even more. He has great on-ice awareness but will need to fill in and gain more muscle. He has improved greatly in each of his seasons in the OHL, coming off a great offensive season and much improved plus/minus. He scored a point per game in the playoffs as well.

 

 

Ivan Kosorenkov – 2016 6th round, 180th overall by Boston

 

Kosorenkov is creative and very good at finding some open space. He finished his rookie season in the Q at almost a point-per-game rate thanks for an outstanding second half. He is small, but his quickness allows him to slip past defenders. He has great finishing instincts as well, excelling on the power-play and recording multiple game-winners.

 

 

Foote – 2017 1st round, 23rd overall by Boston

 

Foote has a very strong hockey IQ and great instincts. This has allowed him to put himself in great positioning and make smart plays. He’s a great skater and plays a very good team game. He has the size but does not use it to his advantage often, instead relying on his foot work and the skill game. He projects to be a very strong second-pairing defenseman and see some time on the top line. He could potentially be a force on the power play if he works on both the accuracy and force of his shot from the point.