Boston Bruins Top 5 Future Stars
Boston Bruins' Top 5 Rising Stars
The Boston Bruins development camp has been underway for the past few weeks with much curiosity and interest by the coaches and fans. Over this period, the camp has shown the abilities and characteristics of the players as they try to prove themselves capable of reaching the next step in their career for a potential spot in the squad. Last year, Torey Krug was the star of the camp and big things came from him in the playoffs. Now with new additions to the crop of players, expect one or two to shine.
Most importantly, the players are aware of the absence of a third-line right-wing player, a position that has yet to be filled. With each day the Bruins are staying inactive in the free agent market, it appears more and more likely that that spot will be filled by promoting a player from within the organization creating competition to prove that a player is capable.
Elsewhere, some players, especially the young draftees, are trying to prove themselves and showing the coaching staff what they have. However, not all the players are new. There are guys that have been hanging on the fringes of the squad who have been desperate for a chance to play with the Bruins. It appears that their time may now be coming.
With the younger players working hard to learn the game and develop, the older guys seem poised to take their shot and move up further with the organization and their playing career. That being said, the time seems right, with the end of training camp now approaching, to examine which players have improved and grown and those that may see themselves in a Bruins jersey come the start of the next season.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou
Malcolm Subban has all the talent in the world, but no the opportunity yet. When Tuukka Rask signed a long-term deal, it meant that fans may not see Subban in action just yet. He was by no means ready to take over goal next season, but he will not be with the Providence Bruins for much longer. All he has left is to make a few more adjustments to his game. Soon he will be in contention to backing up Rask.
Reilly Smith is shaking up to be a good talent for the Bruins. Acquired in the trade, he was overlooked because of the bigger names like Tyler Seguin. However, he has many of the same qualities as Seguin. He is quick, skates well and has a good vision for the puck. He is not a physical player, but may change as he grows more. Expect him to fulfill his potential as a solid goal-scoring winger in the years to come.
Matt Bartkowski has been relegated to the Providence Bruins the past couple of seasons due to the lack of opportunity to move up. That may change as Andrew Ference has left and thanks to his solid defensive play during the regular season and playoffs. The defenseman can play both ways, but his defensive play is as good as anyone's.
Jordan Caron is poised for a breakout year next season. The right winger is the leading candidate so far for the right wing of Boston's third line. He can play a Bruins' style of hockey that is physical and focused on winning battles for the puck. He has solid offensive skills and sets up well-timed screens in front of goal due to a high hockey IQ. If all goes as planned, he should have his AHL days behind him now.
Torey Krug exploded on to the scene last season with an unbelievable playoff performance. The defenseman is small, but makes up for it with his heart. In addition, he is one of the best skaters on the team and has a vicious slapshot that almost always sends the puck past the goalie. Coach Claude Julien will make room for him now that everyone has seen what he can do. He is definitely a game-changing player and one that the Bruins will want to keep around when his contract expires next year.