The Boston Bruins have cranked very good NHL players out of their draft-and-development pipeline over the last 10 years. Some like Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Anders Bjork and David Pastrnak are still with team and part of the big picture, and others like Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, Torey Krug and Ryan Donato are now playing elsewhere across the league.
The bottom line is that the Bruins have consistently produced good players through multiple talent streams over the last decade. Some of it is obviously about replenishing the NHL roster in a salary cap world, but it’s also about building up a wide base of prospects sometimes to be used as trade chips to fill Boston roster needs. The B’s are entering an interesting phase within their prospect development pipeline, however, with a number of top prospects that have already garnered some NHL time combined with some prospect gaps after players like Ryan Lindgren and Axel Andersson were shipped out at NHL trade deadlines.
With all that in mind, it seemed like an opportune time to examine Boston’s top prospects and rank the top-10 while soliciting some opinions from around the NHL. We asked three NHL talent evaluators – one Eastern Conference front office member and a pair of Eastern Conference scouts – to give us their input on the B’s prospects to add some depth to our entries.
The candid evaluations didn’t pull any punches on some of the young players currently within Boston’s prospect cupboard, but there’s also pretty clearly still plenty of talent coursing through the Boston Bruins system. Without further ado, here’s our honest and unmerciful view of the B’s current prospects from 1-10 because that’s exactly the way we do it here at Boston Hockey Now: