By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on June 5, 2014
After losing in a heartbreaking fashion to the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins will need to reload this offseason. With strong organizational depth, a big push could be coming from within. The following five players are youngsters who have warranted spots with the Bruins next season.
The Marshfield, MA native was a star at Boston University, and at 24, after three amazing seasons in the AHL and a noteworthy call up to the Bruins this past season, he has earned an NHL spot. Given his amazing skating ability and offensive vision, despite being undersized Warsofsky, he could be a Torey Krug-esque defenseman in the NHL for a long time.
“KoKo” has been an offensive dynamo everywhere he has played, from Russia to Canadian junior hockey to a strong rookie season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Look for the Russian sniper to push the Bruins’ top nine forwards in camp. Given the playoff shortcomings of Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla’s pending free agency, a spot could be his for the taking.
The giant out of Northern Michigan University played well in a few call-ups to the Bruins. He has more offensive upside than he gets credit for and could be a very nice fit on the fourth line next season with Shawn Thornton likely not returning to the team.
The former OHL star is virtual lock to make the team out of camp. His craftiness, playmaking ability and on-ice vision bode well for a place on the power pay for years to come. While he may start on the wing, he projects as a long-term NHL center because of his vision and high hockey IQ.
Fraser has all but cemented a spot on the team with his play in the postseason with the Bruins during a surprise call-up. His shot and hockey IQ offset his mediocre skating. Look for his offense to give the third line a new look next year.
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