Every year NHL teams are plagued by injuries but not all are able to adapt equally. The Boston Bruins have been lucky to have so much depth in Providence, their AHL affiliate, that when Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg went down the team was able to continue winning without even missing a beat.
Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller are just a few of the names that have spent time in Providence before making the jump to Boston.
This season, it will be Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev hoping to fill the openings left by veterans Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton.
The Bruins’ salary cap situation doesn’t leave them much money to go out and sign free agents, so the B’s will likely turn to their organization for alternatives.
There are many reasons why teams benefit from developing their players in house. Head coach Claude Julien explained how Providence plays the same system as in Boston, that way when players make the transition to the NHL they don’t have to think as much they just have to play their game.
Another reason is the salary cap. When players are injured during the season, AHL standouts know that they may have an opportunity to audition for a spot in The Show. If they are able to impress the coach staff, they may earn a spot on the roster.
With the B’s trying to stay within the $69 million cap, they need some cheaper role players to contribute just as much as the big names. When players are developed in house, they are more accustom to the style of play in the NHL, and they also help keep the team under the salary cap.
This year, many players will get opportunities to skate with the Bruins, but the question is whether or not they will be able to preform well enough to earn a permanent roster spot.