Bruins Prospects That Can Make An Immediate Impact in the NHL

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At this point in the season, most hockey fans would be satisfied with a 28-10 record, but serious Bruins fans know that this team has issues. Reason #1 is the Bruins need to get back to their physical style of play. The most recent example was Wednesday against Columbus. Blue Jackets’ defenseman Emil Bemstrom elbowed goalie Tuukka Rask in the head and no teammate stood up for Rask. This style of play is not the type Bruins fans are used to. The other issue is the Bruins have had trouble losing games late in the third period. In this post, we will evaluate Bruins prospects who could help this team immediately.

Paul Carey

Paul Carey is an interesting prospect. A veteran of seven minor-league seasons, Carey was originally drafted by Colorado. Since then, he has spent time with the Rangers and Senators. Obtained in a trade for Jordan Caron, Carey has decent size at 6’1″ and 197 lbs. He would be a nice addition to the third or fourth line.

An excellent skater, he has an excellent scoring touch, netting 15 goals and 13 assists in Providence. Carey could provide depth if the right trade opportunity came around.

Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic was Boston’s first pick in the 2016 draft. Although not quite ready for the NHL level, Frederic has been making excellent strides in Providence. At the midway point of the season, Frederic has 5 goals and 15 assists. What stands out is his plus-minus ratio of 104. With his size at 6’1″ 200lbs, Frederic may be just what the team needs.

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Jeremy Lauzon

Jeremy Lauzon has been in the Bruins system for five years. He has been recently recalled by the Bruins, but with injuries, he was sent back to Providence. A stay at home defenseman, Lauzon has 17 NHL games under his belt. Lauzon rings a strong physical presence to the defensive unit.

With 1 goal and 10 assists this season, he could be a potential future replacement if the Bruins do not sign Torey Krug, Another impressive stat is his plus-minus ratio of 17.

Anton Blidh

Defenseman Anton Blidh was selected by Boston in the sixth round in the 2013 draft. A burly 200-pounder, Blidh is no stranger to the penalty box. So far this season, Blidh has 94 PIM minutes to his credit and a 15 plus-minus.

Aside from his physical style of play, Blidh shows great offensive skills, with 10 goals in 13 assists. He would be a big boost to the Bruins’ inconsistent defense this year.

The Bruins Season Ahead

If the Bruins do not start to get back to their physical play, it could end in an early summer vacation. With an impressive 4-1 win Thursday night over Pittsburgh, the team needs to reclaim its identity.

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