This past week was a good one offensively for Boston Bruins prospects at the pro (AHL) and amateur (CHL) levels.
Providence got Alex Khokhlachev back sooner than expected and went 3-0-0 over the weekend in the process, also getting good play in net from Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre.
The bigger story was a two-game explosion by Zach Senyshn, who posted 4-goal and 3-goal games on Friday and Saturday nights (he was blanked in Sunday OT victory) as his Soo Greyhounds also went 3-0-0 in their spate of weekend games. Neither Senyshyn nor Jake DeBrusk were invited to Team Canada’s World Jr. camp, but with that burst of offense, would imagine both players will be on the radar should Canada lose any forwards between now and the tournament to injury or illness. B’s fans might recall that back in late 2011, Ryan Spooner had made the team only to come down with mononucleosis over the holidays and lose his last chance to skate in the WJC. DeBrusk is a late ’96, so if he isn’t in the mix as a fill-in, then he won’t be eligible next year. Senyshyn, Jeremy Lauzon and Jesse Gabrielle, however, will all be strongly in the mix for Canada in 2017 given how their seasons are going.
Two Bruins futures are headed to the Czech Republic camp in defenseman Jakub Zboril and goalie Daniel Vladar, while Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is an invite for Team Sweden after being on their squad that played exhibition games in Lake Placid last August- expect him to make the cut.
USA defenseman Brandon Carlo is a lock after being on the 2015 USA WJC squad and Notre Dame sophomore Anders Bjork is a veteran of the US NTDP and with his versatility and production this season for the Fighting Irish, is a good bet to make the roster.
Alex Khokhlachev, C Providence Bruins
GP- 14 Goals- 5 Assists- 11 Points- 16 Penalty Min- 2 +/- -4
Koko not only made it back into the lineup sooner than expected by at least a week, but also registered three points (g, 2a) in Providence’s three wins. His production kept him atop the team’s scoring order with Seth Griffith just one point behind.
Seth Griffith, RW Providence Bruins
GP- 16 Goals- 7 Assists- 8 Points- 15 Penalty Min- 12 +/- -2
Three goals and five points in three games for Griffith gave Providence a nice boost in getting the team back on a winning track.
Austin Czarnik, C Providence Bruins
GP- 16 Goals- 3 Assists- 7 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 4
The rookie pro went 1-1-2 after going through a six game slump without a point.
Tommy Cross, D Providence Bruins
GP- 18 Goals- 1 Assists- 9 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 29 +/- -5
With a goal and three points in his last six games, Cross has been one of the few bright spots on Providence of late. Since returning from his first NHL stint, Cross is playing with renewed confidence and energy as team captain.
Chris Casto, D Providence Bruins
GP- 20 Goals- 0 Assists- 10 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 14 +/- -6
Has not found the back of the net, but Casto is quietly having a productive season, his third since signing with the B’s as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013.
Colby Cave, C Providence Bruins
GP- 23 Goals- 6 Assists- 3 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 8 +/- -7
Colton Hargrove, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 16 Goals- 3 Assists- 4 Points- 7 Penalty Min- 23 +/- -1
Three assists and 15 minutes worth of penalties in Sunday’s game after being assessed a misconduct has given Hargrove pretty respectable numbers given the expectations coming in that he would be more of an enforcer in his first pro season. The 2012 seventh-rounder showed flashes of untapped offensive potential at Western Michigan, and he’s following up with that in the AHL.
Noel Acciari, C Providence Bruins
GP- 21 Goals- 3 Assists-3 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 7 +/- -1
After being one of Providence’s best players in the past couple of weeks following a tentative start, Acciari took a slap shot to the face and is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
Anton Blidh, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 21 Goals- 5 Assists- 0 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 10 +/- -3
Blidh was held scoreless during Providence’s win streak last week. However, like everyone- the burst of offense did lower his plus/minus a few points.
Zack Phillips, C Providence Bruins
GP- 20 Goals- 2 Assists- 2 Points- 4 Penalty Min- 4 +/- -14
It’s looking more and more each day that both Phillips and Jared Knight, the player he was traded for, simply aren’t going to live up to where they were drafted in 2011 and 2010 respectively. Phillips has played poorly and was unable to capitalize on Koko’s long absence and the opportunity he was afforded to step up. He looks nothing like the first-round pick the Wild spent on him (28th) four years ago.
Linus Arnesson, D Providence Bruins
GP- 15 Goals- 0 Assists- 1 Points- 1 Penalty Min- 0 +/- -1
Out of the lineup with an injury.
Malcolm Subban, G Providence Bruins
GP- 11 MIN- 663 GA- 31 GAA- 2.81 Spct- .890 W- 4 L-5 OTL 2 SO- 1
He’s back on track of late, but Subban needs to maintain the positive stretch for a lot longer. His 2-0 week certainly helped his numbers, though.
Zane McIntyre, G Providence Bruins
GP- 11 MIN- 658 GA- 32 GAA- 2.92 Spct- .883 W- 4 L- 4 OTL- 3
McIntyre still has much to learn as he adjusts to the speed and demands of pro hockey, but he’s been more consistent than Subban in the early going. Given his overall ability and work ethic, the former North Dakota star puck stopper is more than the sum of his parts.
Zach Senyshyn, RW Saulte Ste Marie Greyhounds
GP- 28 Goals- 18 Assists- 7 Points- 25 Penalty Min- 4 +/- -9
The Jack Black/Kyle Gass duo Tenacious D once wrote a song called “Explosivo” and that’s what Senyshyn was in two games this past weekend, firing home 7 goals and 9 points. It doesn’t matter if you think he should have more points as the 15th overall pick or if he was a “reach” or what have you. Senyshyn has demonstrated some major league upside with a lot of his plays this year that have wound up in the back of the net and with 18 goals already, he’s well on pace to crush his 26 goals from a year ago.
Jeremy Lauzon, D Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
GP- 26 Goals- 5 Assists- 28 Points- 34 Penalty Min- 50 +/- 26
Just three more points will move Lauzon past his point total from last season, which he achieved in 60 games. Rouyn-Noranda’s top defender is getting it done on both sides of the ice and is in this view, the best defensive prospect in the organization given how well-rounded his overall game is and the fact that he’s effective in any situation both as a skill player with ruggedness/the ability to shutdown offensive chances.
Jakub Zboril, D Saint John Sea Dogs
GP- 21 Goals- 3 Assists- 6 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 26 +/- 2
Watched his game against Halifax over the weekend and saw long stretches of ineffective/uninvolved play. He missed out on the next game due to injury, so that might have had something to do with it. Still, much more expected from the 13th overall selection to be honest.
Jake DeBrusk, LW Swift Current Broncos
GP- 19 Goals- 8 Assists- 15 Points- 23 Penalty Min- 13 +/- -3
Jesse Gabrielle, LW Prince George Cougars
GP- 28 Goals- 16 Assists- 10 Points- 26 Penalty Min- 45 +/- 4
Prince George’s top scorer keeps motoring along.
Brandon Carlo, D Tri-City Americans
GP- 20 Goals- 2 Assists- 12 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 55 +/- -4
Carlo got good news today, named to the Team USA WJC evaluation camp, but as mentioned earlier, he’s a lock for the Helsinki squad, as he is a WJC veteran from a year ago.
Ryan Fitzgerald, F Boston College Eagles (HEA)
GP- 14 Goals- 11 Assists- 10 Points- 21 Penalty Min- 31 +/- 18
Fitzgerald played with a heavy heart this weekend after losing his grandfather, Thomas R. “Tommy” Fitzgerald, who passed away. Mr. Fitzgerald was a major influence on Billerica Youth Hockey and touched many lives with his passion and knowledge of the sport. His grandson tallied a goal and assist to continue to keep up his career scoring pace.
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C Boston University Terriers (HEA)
GP- 16 Goals- 4 Assists- 10 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 1
Anders Bjork, LW University of Notre Dame (HEA)
GP- 16 Goals- 5 Assists- 10 Points- 15 Penalty Min- 4 +/- 15
With three points in two games, Bjork added a +5 to his plus/minus rating. He was named to Team USA WJC evaluation camp today
Danton Heinen, LW Denver University Pioneers (NCHC)
GP- 14 Goals- 5 Assists- 5 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 0 +/- 1
Rough weekend for Denver, who scored just one goal as a team in two losses to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (sorry- just can’t get on board with the new team name there).
Ryan Donato, C Harvard University (ECAC)
GP- 10 Goals- 4 Assists- 5 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 6
Donato had a couple of assists over the weekend, but the best news came today when he was one of three Bruins prospects (Bjork, Carlo) named to the Team USA WJC evaluation camp in Boston later this month.
Cameron Hughes, C University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
GP- 14 Goals- 1 Assists- 8 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 6 +/- -6
With three assists in his last three games, Hughes is finding ways to produce on one of the weaker NCAA offenses.
Sean Kuraly, C Miami University (NCHC)
GP- 16 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -5
Matt Benning, D Northeastern University (HEA)
GP- 17 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -12
Matt Grzelcyk, D Boston University (HEA)
GP-6 Goals 2 Assists- 3 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 12 +/- 2
Grzelcyk is still out with a lower body (knee injury).
Wiley Sherman, D Harvard University (ECAC)
GP- 10 Goals- 2 Assists- 2 Points- 4 Penalty Min- 6 +/- 5
Rob O’Gara, D Yale University (ECAC)
GP- 11 Goals- 0 Assists- 3 Points- 3 Penalty Min- 14 +/- -4
Peter Cehlarik, LW Lulea (Sweden)
GP- 19 Goals- 5 Assists- 3 Points- 8 Penalty Min- 0 +/- -2
2013 third-rounder scored a couple of goals in SHL play since last update.
Emil Johansson, D HV71 (Sweden)
GP- 23 Goals- 0 Assists- 2 Points- 2 Penalty Min- 12 +/- -1
Maxim Chudinov, D St Petersburg SKA (Russia)
GP- 35 Goals- 6 Assists- 8 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 75 +/- -7
Chudinov’s production has ticked up over last seven games with a couple of goals and helpers. It is still not known whether he and the Bruins will work to sign a contract or if the team will allow him to enter free agency in summer.
Daniel Vladar, G Chicago (USHL)
GP- 13 MIN- 737 GA- 26 GAA- 2.12 Spct .925 SO- 2; 3-5-3
Jack Becker, C Sioux Falls (USHL)
GP- 23 Goals- 3 Assists- 5 Points- 8 Penalty Min- 2 +/- -1