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Standing Up for New Teammates

With the AHL regular season just a few days away, Providence Bruins players like forward Lane MacDermid used the club’s exhibition games to get back in game shape and in sync. But throughout the preseason, the entire team as a whole made great strides toward come together as a unit.

Prospects: Regular Season Review

The New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke contributes an in-depth feature to the Boston Bruins Prospect report every edition. — The 2012 NHL playoffs are underway and with that, here is a final quick look at the Boston Bruins prospects under age 25 after the 2011-12 regular season.

Prospect Report: Notes & Roundup – With the NCAA hockey season over for all but four teams, change has come to Providence since the last prospect report.

The Baby Bruins got an immediate boost from 2010 fifth-rounder Justin Florek, who tallied twice in a four-point night and big win over the Manchester Monarchs in his AHL debut.

The former captain of the Northern Michigan University Wildcats signed an entry-level contract with Boston after finishing his senior season strong with 19 goals in 37 games, with career totals 53 markers and 116 points in 157 NMU games. 

Prospect Report: Notes & Roundup – The analysis of the Boston Bruins prospects down in Providence of the AHL continues with this first of two looks at the defensemen and goaltenders paying their dues on the farm.

The B’s don’t boast an abundance of defenders who are considered “high end” prospects on defense, but they have a group of players who have the skills and moxie to play in the NHL albeit in supporting roles. Via the draft and through trades in the past several seasons, the B’s have serviceable players who have faced significant challenges this season as one of the younger defense corps in the AHL.

In net, veteran Anton Khudobin and second-year man Mike Hutchinson are keeping the team in range of a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Khudobin’s 40 appearances and 19 wins lead the club, along with a solid .919 save percentage to go with a pair of shutouts. Khudobin’s unorthodox, even combative style resembles that of Tim Thomas, standing in contrast to partner Hutchinson, who is more of a classic butterfly netminder. At 6-foot-3, Hutchinson, 21 (he turns 22 on March 2) is the prototypical modern goalie who takes up a lot of net and relies on his athleticism and positioning to deny scoring chances. He has a solid .920 save percentage and six wins.

Boston Bruin Prospect Notes & Roundup – The Boston Bruins are getting some mileage out of their prospects playing in the NCAA ranks.

Boston College senior captain Tommy Cross has more tenure in the Boston system than any other player. The former second-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft is just one point away from tying his career high for points, currently posting a 3-14-17 line in 27 games with the Eagles.

His 14 assists are a single-season best for the Simsbury, Conn. native, who will be eligible to play for the Providence Bruins of the AHL when his college campaign is over. The big, mobile defender is a physical player who brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the mix.

Boston Bruins Prospect Notes & Roundup – 2011 Bruins draft picks Alexander Khokhlachev and Dougie Hamilton finished the 2012 World Jr. Championship with a silver and bronze medal, respectively. 

Russia dropped the gold medal game to Sweden in a 1-0 overtime loss after winning a rousing 6-5 semi-final game over Canada that saw Hamilton and his mates score four third period goals to nearly tie the game late. Khokhlachev or “Koko” tallied a goal and assist in that game, while Hamilton did the same.

Both players finished the tournament with solid performances, earning praise from scouts and observers. Hamilton played the last two minutes and change with Canada down by one score, showing the kind of faith head coach Don Hay had in his two-way ability. 

Boston Bruins Prospect Notes & Roundup — With the holidays behind us, the 2012 IIHF World Junior (Under-20) Championship is in full swing.

Boston’s first two choices in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft wasted little time in making their presence felt for their respective countries during the preliminary round, which began the day after Christmas in Calgary and Edmonton.

Blueliner Dougie Hamilton opened the tournament with a goal and an assist in Canada’s 8-1 win over Finland. In Canada’s four victories, Hamilton demonstrated some offensive flair, finishing with three points (good for third on team scoring by defensemen). His squad heads into the medal round as the Group B top seed.

B's Prospects Look to Make Big Impact at WJC

The New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke contributes an in-depth feature to the Boston Bruins Prospect Report. This edition’s feature focuses on the organization’s ties to the upcoming World Junior Championship. — The holidays are right around the corner, and hardcore hockey fans know what that means: the annual International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship tournaments are where the top junior talent is showcased.

This is the most prestigious international competition for players under 20 representing the globe’s top hockey powers. The Boston Bruins will have at least one player competing in the main tournament in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta later this month. The team also has a presence in Germany, where the separate World Jr. Division I tournament is currently going on between countries who did not qualify for the main bracket of 10 countries.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the team’s top choice (ninth overall) in last June’s NHL Entry Draft, was named to Team Canada’s final roster this week. He joins forward Freddie Hamilton (a fifth-round pick of San Jose in 2010) as the first brother duo to play on the same Canadian WJC squad in 30 years (Randy and Mike Moller skated together on the 1982 WJC entry).