Bruins prospects update 12/12/16: Z-Mac on the Attack

It’s no secret- TSP has long been high on goaltender Zane McIntyre going back to his draft year when we had intel from a Minnesota-based scouting source that had a lot time for him when he was winning that state’s top goaltending award with Thief River Falls High.

McIntyre, the artist formerly known as Zane Gothberg, legally changed his name a few years ago in honor of his late grandmother, Susan “Grandma Susie” McIntyre, who passed away in 2011. The retired University of North Dakota educator was a major influence in his life, and he’s come up aces for the most part since the Bruins chose him in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Susie McIntyre got to see her grandson begin his journey to the NHL in the Bruins organization and was no doubt with him in spirit when he made his big league debut this season.

The 24-year-old is on fire after returning to Providence, having posted a 5-0 record with a near-96 save percentage and miniscule 1.26 goals against average despite not having a great deal of offensive support. This is a major jump (admittedly in the early going of the season and with a small sample size) in performance from a year ago, when he was essentially thrown into the AHL season cold after Malcolm Subban suffered an injury that kept him on the shelf for the first full month of the 2015-16 campaign. He had a rough finish to the season, and there was talk among insiders about some holes in his technique needing to be addressed and that perhaps playing for an NCAA power in the University of North Dakota hid some flaws that might hinder his development.

One year later, McIntyre has some NHL games under his belt (though he’s still looking for his first big league win) while not looking out of place, but has become Kevin Dean’s most reliable option in the Providence net.

McIntyre is easy to root for- his easy going, Minnesota personality masks a fierce competitor who has the rare temperament to be both a backup and a workhorse starter as proven by serving in both roles with the Fargo Force of the USHL and at North Dakota. It bears reminding that McIntyre earned top goalie honors at every level since high school, so this is a player who has put in the work to get better at his craft.

Looking back to McIntyre’s very first development camp in 2010, you could plainly see that he had the instincts and want-to, but had some work to do on his fundamentals. Like another former Bruins goaltender who was knocked for style points in Tim Thomas, McIntyre is more of a battler who does not quit on any play and will look scrambly at times, even though he’s effective. Goalie coaches might not be enthused, but at the end of the day- there is no denying that McIntyre puts in the work and is a superb teammate and leader.

Oh, and the Minnesota HS goalie honor he won in 2010? It’s called the Frank Brimsek Trophy after the former Bruins great and Hall of Famer and Eveleth, Minn. native. McIntyre has long understood the connection between himself and one of Boston’s top players in franchise history, who with Gerry Cheevers is the only other multiple Stanley Cup-winning goaltender for the Bruins. He has Brimsek’s likeness on his mask and he has said all along that he wants to honor Mr. Zero’s legacy by being another homegrown Minnesota player to provide a positive impact in Boston.

He’s not there yet, but after a rollercoaster rookie pro year, McIntyre is showing the very signs that have made him one of the most popular and respected prospects within the organization for the past six years going on seven.

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Several Bruins prospects are now away from their teams competing for a chance to play in the upcoming World Jr. Tournament: Zach Senyshyn and Jeremy Lauzon are with Team Canada, while Charlie McAvoy and Ryan Lindgren will be with Team USA. Jakub Zboril is a lock for Team Czech Republic and Dan Vladar should be as well. Oskar Steen unfortunately did not make the cut for Team Sweden, but watch for him next year.

Trent Frederic returned to action with the University of Wisconsin after missing several weeks with a hand injury, posting a goal and an assist in his first game back. It’s curious that he was not named to Team USA’s camp roster, but I suppose there are reasons for it. TSP is trying to find out what they are, but should anyone suffer an unexpected injury before the roster is finalized, he could get a shot. Like Steen, watch for Frederic to make the WJC tourney next year and we should all be encouraged by his solid start to an NCAA career as a point-per-game player with the Badgers.

Amateur Prospects as of 12/12/16

Name/Team League GP G A PTS PIM
Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George WHL 26 19 12 31 34
Anders Bjork, Notre Dame HE-NCAA 17 13 15 28 8
Zach Senyshyn, SSM OHL 23 16 10 26 15
Jakub Zboril, Saint John QMJHL 20 6 12 18 12
Ryan Fitzgerald, BC HE-NCAA 16 5 11 16 22
Ryan Donato, Harvard

 

ECAC- NCAA 11 7 7 14 8
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, BU HE- NCAA 16 3 10 13 14
Cameron Hughes, Wisconsin

 

Big10- NCAA 16 2 11 13 6
Trent Frederic, Wisconsin Big10- NCAA 10 5 7 12 8
Charlie McAvoy, BU HE-NCAA 16 1 11 12 16
Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda

 

QMJHL 13 2 9 11 6
Jack Becker, Sioux Falls

 

USHL 19 2 3 5 28
Wiley Sherman, Harvard

 

ECAC-NCAA 11 0 4 4 8
Cameron Clarke, Ferris St.

 

WCHA- NCAA 18 0 4 4 20
Ryan Lindgren, Minnesota

 

Big10- NCAA 14 1 2 3 47

Pro and European Prospects

Name/Team League GP G A PTS PIM
Joona Koppanen, Ilves Jr. U20- Finland 20 12 17 29 2
Peter Cehlarik, Providence

 

AHL 19 11 5 16 6
Danton Heinen, Providence# AHL 13 7 6 13 0

 

Matt Grzelcyk, Providence

 

AHL 25 1 11 12 8
Jake DeBrusk, Providence AHL 25 4 7 11 11

 

Colby Cave, Providence

 

AHL 25 3 8 11 13
Anton Blidh, Providence

 

AHL 21 6 4 10 22
Colton Hargrove, Providence

 

AHL 22 4 5 9 22
Emil Johansson, Djurgarden IF

 

Sweden- Elite 23 3 6 9 6
Sean Kuraly, Providence

 

AHL 16 2 2 4 11
Austin Czarnik, Providence#

 

AHL 2 1 2 3 0
Chris Casto, Providence

 

AHL 22 0 3 3 20
Oskar Steen, Farjestad

 

Sweden- Elite 24 1 1 2 4
Rob O’Gara, Providence

 

AHL 19 0 2 2 2
Linus Arnesson, Providence*

 

AHL 18 0 1 1 4
Brian Ferlin, Providence*

 

AHL 2 0 0 0 0
Justin Hickman, Providence

 

AHL 8 0 0 0 9
Zane McIntyre, Providence

Atlanta

 

AHL

ECHL

7

2

5

0

0

1(1)

1.26

1.99

.955

.931

Dan Vladar, Providence

Atlanta

 

AHL

ECHL

6

3

3

1

0 (3)

1 (1)

2.84

2.93

.914

.907

Malcolm Subban, Providence

 

AHL 12 2 6 (5) 2.92 .903

# Czarnik, Heinen recalled to Boston

Tyler Randell, Tommy Cross, Alex Grant > age 25- not listed

 

4 thoughts on “Bruins prospects update 12/12/16: Z-Mac on the Attack

  1. Love the insights you provide on here. It’s super early, but these last three drafts seem to be progressing really well.

    Do you think there is a chance these classes could end up like the 86-88 run? (Janney, Hawgood, Wesley, Quintal, Donato, Juneau)

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    • I just try to let every draft class be its own without comparing to other years or eras…at some point, we can judge these recent drafts more soundly when the players either reach the hoped for success or they don’t, but I try not to get too far ahead of myself in terms of making predictions. I will say that one draft year worth looking at as a franchise-altering class is 2006- Kessel, Lucic, Marchand…no other modern Boston draft brought in players with the kind of impact and assets that 2 of the 3 no longer with the organization brought. Marchand is now a legit NHL star and he was “just” a third-rounder- one of the best move-up picks in Boston draft history. Thanks for reading. -KL

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  2. Thanks for the update. I really enjoy your insights and comments on the Bruins prospects. It seems that Jeremy Lauzon has had a choppy season due to injury and illness. The Huskies seem to have hit a flat spot, how has Lauzon’s game been lately?

    Is Zach Lauzon likely to get selected in this year’s draft?

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    • Lauzon is doing pretty well, as evidenced by his selection to the Team Canada WJC squad. Sorry- not paying much attention to Zach Lauzon- he isn’t thought of much as an NHL prospect, but I don’t try to rule anyone out. Just not in a position to weigh in on his chances of being drafted either way. Thanks for the comment- KL

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