In the AHL, Koko has been crisp since coming back from a hand injury that took him out of action for several weeks. He’s put some distance between him and Seth Griffith atop Providence’s scoring race, going at a point-per-game clip.
Defenseman Chris Casto is quietly having a career year. The former Minnesota high school and Minnesota-Duluth standout was at one time thought of to be a potential top-three round NHL draft pick but it never happened for him. He had a largely uneventful first two seasons in the Bruins organization since signing as a free agent in spring 2013, but he might make the B’s re-think signing him to an extension at the rate he’s going. The team has a glut of similar type of players at the position- big, mobile, but ultimately limited and lower pairing guys- but Casto is opening some eyes in the early going.
Providence has been getting much better goaltending of late from both of Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre, which is good news for the Bruins and the offense, which doesn’t have to put up major production to have a chance at winning these days.
Multiple Boston prospects are at their respective countries’ World Jr. Championship evaluation camps: Jeremy Lauzon (Canada), Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Ryan Donato (USA), Daniel Vladar, Jakub Zboril (Czech Republic) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (Sweden) are all in the mix to earn spots at the annual prestigious under-20 hockey showcase. Watch for Zach Senyshyn and Jesse Gabrielle to be there for Team Canada a year from now.
Alex Khokhlachev, C Providence Bruins
GP- 17 Goals- 6 Assists- 14 Points- 20 Penalty Min- 2 +/- -2
With a goal and 4 points in his last three AHL games, Koko is keeping pace for his most productive year of three professional seasons with Providence.
Seth Griffith, RW Providence Bruins
GP- 19 Goals- 8 Assists- 10 Points- 18 Penalty Min- 14 +/- -1
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- 19 Goals- 5 Assists- 10 Points- 15 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 5
Heating up as a rookie pro who is figuring out that he’s at his best when pushing the offensive tempo of a game and playing his patented buzzsaw style.
Chris Casto, D Providence Bruins
GP- 22 Goals- 1 Assists- 10 Points- 11 Penalty Min- 16 +/- -5
Scored his first goal of the season; his next assist equals his entire output from 2014-15 (in 62 AHL games).
Tommy Cross, D Providence Bruins
GP- 18 Goals- 1 Assists- 9 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 29 +/- -5
Injured- did not play.
Colby Cave, C Providence Bruins
GP- 26 Goals- 7 Assists- 3 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 8 +/- -5
Colton Hargrove, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 18 Goals- 4 Assists- 3 Points- 7 Penalty Min- 23 +/- -2
He scored a big power play goal over the weekend in a win over Hartford.
Noel Acciari, C Providence Bruins
GP- 21 Goals- 3 Assists-3 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 7 +/- -1
Surgery not required, but still out after taking a shot that broke his jaw in several places. Will wear a full face shield upon his return, perhaps as early as this week.
Anton Blidh, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 24 Goals- 6 Assists- 0 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 12 +/- -2
Zack Phillips, C Providence Bruins
GP- 23 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 4 +/- -14
Has played better of late; posted a pair of assists last week.
Linus Arnesson, D Providence Bruins
GP- 18 Goals- 0 Assists- 1 Points- 1 Penalty Min- 2 +/- -1
Arnesson returned to action last week.
Malcolm Subban, G Providence Bruins
GP- 11 MIN- 788 GA- 35 GAA- 2.66 Spct- .899 W- 5 L-5 OTL 3 SO- 1
Zane McIntyre, G Providence Bruins
GP- 12 MIN- 718 GA- 34 GAA- 2.84 Spct- .889 W- 5 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.
Injured- Brian Ferlin (upper body)- 1 game played.
Zach Senyshyn, RW Saulte Ste Marie Greyhounds
GP- 30 Goals- 18 Assists- 10 Points- 28 Penalty Min- 6 +/- -9
A three-assist performance in one game over the weekend has boosted him near the points-per-game level.
Jeremy Lauzon, D Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
GP- 26 Goals- 5 Assists- 28 Points- 34 Penalty Min- 50 +/- 26
Named to Team Canada’s World Jr. Camp as an injury replacement for Jake Walman, Lauzon did not play any QMJHL games last week.
Jakub Zboril, D Saint John Sea Dogs
GP- 21 Goals- 3 Assists- 6 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 26 +/- 2
Zboril is with Team Czech Republic in preparation for the 2016 World Jr. Championship in Finland.
Jesse Gabrielle, LW Prince George Cougars
GP- 31 Goals- 17 Assists- 15 Points- 32 Penalty Min- 49 +/- 5
With a goal and five assists since the last update, Gabrielle continues to be a scoring force for his team while also bringing a gritty, physical game.
Jake DeBrusk, LW Swift Current Broncos
GP- 21 Goals- 9 Assists- 16 Points- 25 Penalty Min- 13 +/- -1
Rounding into form in the weeks since coming back from a serious groin injury that required surgery.
Brandon Carlo, D Tri-City Americans
GP- 22 Goals- 2 Assists- 12 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 57 +/- -5
Carlo played two scoreless games before departing for Boston to attend Team USA WJC camp. He’s a lock to make the 2016 squad after playing well at the WJC last year.
Ryan Fitzgerald, F Boston College Eagles (HEA)
GP- 15 Goals- 11 Assists- 10 Points- 21 Penalty Min- 33 +/- 17
No points in just one game (loss to Notre Dame) since the last update.
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C Boston University Terriers (HEA)
GP- 18 Goals- 4 Assists- 10 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 10 +/- -2
JFK is now with Team Sweden preparing for the WJC after playing 2 scoreless games since the last update.
Anders Bjork, LW University of Notre Dame (HEA)
GP- 17 Goals- 5 Assists- 11 Points- 16 Penalty Min- 4 +/- 17
Posted a helper in the Fighting Irish’s win over Boston College last week. Now with Team USA in Boston for WJC camp.
Danton Heinen, LW Denver University Pioneers (NCHC)
GP- 16 Goals- 5 Assists- 6 Points- 11 Penalty Min- 0 +/- -3
Ryan Donato, C Harvard University (ECAC)
GP- 10 Goals- 4 Assists- 5 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 6
Did not play; now at USA WJC camp.
Cameron Hughes, C University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
GP- 14 Goals- 1 Assists- 8 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 6 +/- -6
Did not play.
Sean Kuraly, C Miami University (NCHC)
GP- 16 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -5
Did not play
Matt Benning, D Northeastern University (HEA)
GP- 17 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -12
Did not play
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- 12 Goals- 0 Assists- 4 Points- 4 Penalty Min- 16 +/- -4
Peter Cehlarik, LW Lulea (Sweden)
GP- 21 Goals- 6 Assists- 4 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 0 +/- 0
Emil Johansson, D HV71 (Sweden)
GP- 25 Goals- 0 Assists- 2 Points- 2 Penalty Min- 12 +/- -1
Maxim Chudinov, D St Petersburg SKA (Russia)
GP- 37 Goals- 6 Assists- 8 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 75 +/- -7
Daniel Vladar, G Chicago (USHL)
GP- 13 MIN- 737 GA- 26 GAA- 2.12 Spct .925 SO- 2; 3-5-3
Vladar has left his team to participate in Team Czech Republic WJC camp.
Jack Becker, C Sioux Falls (USHL)
GP- 25 Goals- 4 Assists- 5 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 6 +/- 0
University of Wisconsin recruit scored a goal last week, his first since mid-November.