In a month became Boston Bruins and the rest of the NHL is back on the ice and getting ready for the regular season 2021-22. This summer, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made some additions and had some subtractions to the playlist for the upcoming season, and he kept his team as a candidate for the Stanley Cup.
Is the overview a finished product? It remains to be seen, but there will always be room for an addition or two through a trade. When Sweeney tries to make deals, you can bet the other team will be interested in some of Black and Gold’s prospects. While there may be a trade or two made by the time the trade deadline approaches next season, there are some prospects that the front office should consider pristine this season. Here’s a look at the prospects that other teams might want but should not be available at any cost.
This is the Bruins’ best NHL-ready prospect they can offer in a deal, but there’s the real possibility that Studnicka could make an impact in Boston this season and be considered the center of the wait. Last season, he struggled with inconsistent play as well as injuries as he often played out of position on the right wing. When he was at the center, he showed what the future could offer.
Prepared in the second round and 53rd overall in the opening draft 2017, Studnicka will have a chance in training camp in September to try to earn a spot on the roster for this season. He gets a chance to try and knock it out Charlie Coyle to the middle spot of the second line it is available with the departure of David Krejci, who has now decided to continue his career in the Czech Republic. If he fails to make the list, he will begin the season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Providence Bruins.
In the first round of the draft on July 23, the Bruins and Sweeney had a chance to take the best player available with the 21st election, and it happened to be Lysell, a heavily adorned right wing. He was the ninth ranked European skater in the 2021 class and has a talented scoring touch that should impress black and gold.
On August 9, the Bruins signed 18-year-old Lysell to his three-year entry-level contract with an average annual value of $ 925,000. He has an impressive offensive game and expects to become a top-six forward in the NHL. Unless something crazy happens, he should get a lot of ice time this season in Providence.
The Bruins have some defensive prospects that have been much thought of in Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen, but Lohrei is fast becoming their best view on the blueline. Lohrei is entering his freshman season this fall at Ohio State, coming off two impressive seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
The pick of the second round in 2020, 58. overall, had 19 goals and 40 assists for the Gamblers in 48 games last season, which was an increase in production after he had eight goals and 29 assists in 2019-20. At 6-foot-4, the 20-year-old left-hander already has the size to be an NHL defender, and he has an impressive two-way battle.
That Bruins chose Beecher, 30th overall, in the draft for 2019 and the upcoming junior at the University of Michigan has rapidly increased through the range of black and gold prospects. Last season, Beecher was injured and was operated on in the shoulder in February which shortened his second season. He played in 16 games before injury and had four goals and four assists for the Wolverines.
With Patrice Bergeron when he was 36 years old and came into the upcoming season and Krejci went home to continue his career, depth is needed in the middle and Beecher could be in the mix in Boston sooner rather than later. This season is a big season for him in Michigan, as the Wolverines are filled with four of the top five picks in the 2021 class, joining Beecher and his returning teammates, including Owen Power, the overall No. 1 pick of Buffalo Sabers who have decided to return for their second season.
There is no reason why any of these prospects are going anywhere in any deal going forward this season. The Bruins have several NHL-ready prospects that teams would be interested in, such as Zboril and Vaakanainen in defense. As for Jeremy Swayman in the net, it’s an idea the Bruins would never entertain a thought of moving him. Boston has an overview of aging veterans, and sooner or later these players will take over some of the roles for Black and Gold.
Scott Roche covers the Boston Bruins for The Hockey Writers. Scott has been a sports writer for 25 years at various magazines and dailies. Writing started as a hobby, but it has become a passion for Scott over the years.
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