Boston Bruins prospects will make up the core of the future roster.
None of us knows what the future holds. You can look to your horoscope, a fortune teller or maybe a flip of your Magic 8 Ball, but the future remains a mystery. For the Boston Bruins, the future may be unfolding before our very eyes.
This years squad has had success far beyond expectations due to an influx of talented young players. There are more young stars on the way. I thought it might be fun to try and come up with a roster of the future.
So let’s gaze into the crystal ball together and see what the Boston Bruins roster of the future may look like three years from now.
The Goaltending of the future
Tuukka Rask-Jeremy Swayman
Tuukka Rask will still have some good years in him and will still be the Bruins top goalie. His contract gets more affordable by the year as the salary cap continues to climb. Since goalies are known to hit their prime a bit later than position players the Bruins are set at this position. The back-up goalie will be Jeremy Swayman currently enjoying a strong Freshman campaign at the University of Maine. Daniel Vladar could be in the running for the back up spot as well but my money is on Swayman.
The Defense of the future
McAvoy-Carlo,Noah Hanifin-Jeremy Lauzon,Grzelcyk-Jakub Zboril
Here is where it gets interesting! I’m assuming a blockbuster trade of David Krejci and Torey Krug to Carolina for Noah Hanifin. If you recall Don Sweeney tried for this kid in his draft year and I’m assuming he gets his man finally.
The other point of interest here is who is NOT listed. Long time captain Zdeno Chara has retired and the likes of Adam McQuaid and Kevin Miller have moved on as well. Can you imagine a top 2 of McAvoy and Hanifin patrolling the Boston Bruins blue line for the next decade?
Not listed but pushing for a spot is Urho Vaakanainen the Bruins number 1 draft pick from 2017.
The Forwards of the future
Heinen-R.Donato-Bjork, Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak, Debrusk-JFK-Z. Senyshyn,Jesse Gabrielle-T. Frederic-Kuraly
The Boston Bruins current top line is still a force and still together. The number one line on this squad however, is held down by the Bruins talented young trio of stars drafted and developed by the home town team.
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Ryan Donato has become a true NHL superstar and is the Bruins number one center. He is flanked by Anders Bjork who overcomes a bumpy rookie season to develop into an elite scoring threat and Danton Heinen who is a complete two-way player.
The Bruins third line is the envy of the league. Jake Debrusk is well established as a tough to play against power forward of this generation. Zach Senyshyn has blossomed into a speedy sniper on the right side and proved the Bruins right for drafting him 15th overall in the 2015 NHL draft. Jakob Forbacka-Karlsson is Bergeron 2.0 and is growing into a leader on the team.
The Bruins fourth line has the next Brad Marchand in agitator Jesse Gabrielle. Trent Frederic centers the 4th line and would be a number 2 or 3 center on any other team but this Bruins squad is deep. Sean Kuraly is the lone holdover from the 4th line we see on the ice this season. Forwards trying to push into the lineup include 2017 2nd round pick Jack Studnicka and 2016 5th round pick Joona Koppanen.
The Boston Bruins have proven this year that drafting and developing are the keys to success in the NHL today.
Youth, speed and skill are the elements that allow teams to challenge for the Stanley Cup. I would conclude that this Boston Bruins roster of the future is designed to do just that. Think your crystal ball is better?