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FOUR NHL Prospects That Have Started the Season Off Slow (TOR, PHI, BOS, EDM)

Prospecting is one of most important aspects within an NHL organization. The ability to properly scout and predict a teenager's future can furthermore drive a club ahead of the pack. Here are four prospects that have started the season off slow, but have the potential to become future NHL veterans: Topi Niemela, Karpat Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs) It is quite clear this season that Topi Niemela is not at the same offensive pace as his prior season in the Finnish Liiga. Although this is not necessarily a worry for the Leafs' organization, Niemela has shown the ability to be defensively sound while playing a top role on his team.   The Finnish Liiga is noted as a defensive-minded league with frequent low-scoring games. For example, Niemela's team, Karpat, sits fifth in the league, despite having only scored an average of two goals per game. So far this season, Niemela has recorded four goals and three assists in 25 games.   Last season, Niemela broke out offensively during

FOUR NHL Prospects that are Dominating the AHL This Season - (BOS, SEA, COL, PHI)

The American Hockey League is known as the second-tier professional hockey league in the entire world. The league filters some of the top prospects and the most elite hockey players on this planet. Here are five NHL prospects that have been dominating the AHL this season: Fabian Lysell - Providence Bruins (Boston) Do the Boston Bruins need more positivity? Well, there most recent first-round draft pick, Fabian Lysell is dominating the AHL. Lysell was touted as one of the premier prospects during the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, before dropping to the 21st overall selection. Sweden, pff! Ever since coming to North American, Lysell has refocused his game back to the elite, scoring abilities we saw when he was a teenager. For example, last season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Lysell was the team leader in points and assists, the Swede recorded 40 apples, along with 62 points in 53 games. The Boston Bruins are tremendously proud with the development of Lysell over the past few seasons. Bo

Hyped Prospects that Turned into Busts: Alexander Khokhlachev

Drafting and prospecting are always gambles. NHL teams and executives have trust in their scouts to provide the most accurate information on up-and-coming prospects. Teams look for players that fit into their roster in the future. But we do have to remember that every player is different, and they may or may not ultimately end up playing in the NHL. Alexander Khokhlachev Khokhlachev was a former second-round pick of the Bruins back in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Coming out of the draft, many people saw the Russian prospect as a top-six forward, with elite, gifted offensive abilities.   The Moscow native wowed fans with his elite talent both in junior and in the AHL. In his final junior season, Khokhlachev scored 48 points in just 29 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Khokhlachev then continued his development in Providence (AHL). In his first pro season, he scored an impressive 57 points in 65 games. Khokhlachev gained popularity among hockey fans and was described as a sly, creative fo

Will Jack Studnicka Become a Bruins Regular this Season?

Jack Studnicka was touted as a top prospect in the Boston Bruins organization, and he still is. Studnicka was a former second-round pick by the Bruins in 2017, but has yet to crack a full-time spot on the roster. Studnicka is currently 23 years old and is likely on the brink of the end of his development period. Will Studnicka finally crack an NHL roster spot?  It is either now or never for Studnicka. The Tecumseh native is running out of time. The Bruins have invested a lot of time in the development of Studnicka. This season may be the end of the ropes for Studnicka and the organization.   Studnicka is a player that has found success in the AHL but has yet to transition his play to the NHL. Could a trade and a fresh start be warranted for the prospect? For sure. Last season, Studnicka spent most of his time with the Providence Bruins in the AHL. He suited up for 41 games and scored a pretty decent 35 points. Studnicka, ended up playing 15 NHL games with Boston and only scoring thr

An Introduction All About Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand is a 5'9'' left winger currently playing for the Boston Bruins. Marchand, who is originally from Halifax, NS, was drafted by the Moncton Wildcats in the second round of the QMJHL draft. The 2004 2nd rounder would play 129 games for the Cats, tallying, a total of 95 regular-season points. While scoring 20 playoff points in 31 games. Marchand was to be traded from the Wildcats to the Val d'Or Foreurs after the 2005-2006 season. Marchand spent the next two seasons with Val d'Or. In 90 regular games, he put up a total of 124 pts and in 20 playoff games, he put up an astonishing 40 points. He would soon be swapped to the Halifax Mooseheads for prospects after the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. The 19-year-old captured 29 points during a 26 game stint in Halifax. Marchand was then selected 71st overall during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, by the Boston Bruins. The 2008-2009 season would be Marchand's first pro season, playing for the Providence Bruins.