Category Archives: Providence Bruins

Zach Trotman(37) Providence Bruins

Zach Trotman

Boston Bruins‘ 7th round pick in the 2010 draft (#210 overall, the last selection) second year defenseman Zach Trotman(37) may have seemed like an unlikely call-up but a decimated blue line and his strong play with their farm club, Providence Bruins made him an easy choice for a look.

In 23 AHL games he has a goal and 7 assists with a very responsible +10 rating. He also had an impressive training camp with Boston and was one of the last cuts before the start of the 2013/2014 season.

The 6’4″ 202 lbs. d-man skated 20 shifts for 16:41 of total ice time in his NHL debut, including 3:06 on the power play. He had 3 shots on net and coughed up the puck once in the team’s 4-3 loss.

Signed to a 2-year entry level deal, it looks like the 23-year old will easily be qualified to stay in the prospect system for at least one more campaign, if not score himself another pair of seasons extension.

Ben Youds(2) Providence Bruins

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3rd year undrafted defenseman Ben Youds(2) is looking to best his AHL rookie season career highs in a big way, as long as he can stick in a tough Providence Bruins‘ roster to crack.

Signed to a minor league contract with Rockford IceHogs, he had 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in the 2011/2012 season.

He was re-signed but ended up splitting time with ECHL affiliate Toledo Walleye for most of his sophomore campaign. His numbers in the lower league were pretty stellar at 17 goals and 27 assists with a +11 rating in 43 games.

The 5’11” 180 lbs. d-man was a training camp invite to Boston Bruins‘ training camp.

He was reassigned to the farm club, where he was signed to a one-year deal in the off-season.

In 15 games with the P-Bruins he has a goal and 8 assists with a +5 plus/minus, already matching his point totals from last season in 23 games.

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Seth Griffith(17) Providence Bruins

Seth Griffith

Boston Bruins‘ 5th round pick in the 2012 draft (#131 overall) rookie right wing Seth Griffith(15) is making his mark early in his pro career with the parent club’s minor league affiliate Providence Bruins.

In 15 AHL games, the small but stocky 5’9″ 192 lbs. forward already has half a dozen tallies and 5 assists with a +1 rating.

He’s basically taking up where he left after winning consecutive OHL titles in junior hockey with London Knights as the top scoring player in his position. He was a more than point-per-game skater in three plus seasons striking for 102 goals and 129 assists in 207 games.

Signed to a three-year entry level deal, the 20-year old may have to wait for a recall past his first season (mostly due to the depth they have up front), but if he continues to hit his mark on the score sheet he will likely move higher on the depth chart and score his chance.

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Kevan Miller(28) Boston Bruins

Kevan Miller

Boston Bruins‘ 3rd year, undrafted defenseman Kevan Miller(28) had himself a great training camp, played well in exhibition games and was one of the last blue liners put on waivers for reassignment to minor league affiliate Providence Bruins.

In 12 AHL games he has a goal and a pair of a assists with a -7 rating. which is odd because he’s a +20 plus/minus through 147 contests in the league.

Not exactly known as an offensive specialist, he has only 6 goals and a pretty tidy 37 assists

At 6’2″ 200 lbs. he’s pretty much known as a stay at home d-man with the ability to really inflict punishment on opponents and never backs down from dropping the mitts.

The 26-year old is only on a one-year contract extension after his two-year entry level deal was up, so he’s definitely looking to step it up.

In four years at University Of Vermont, he was team captain for his last two so brings leadership qualities to the table.

He received his first NHL recall on an emergency basis, so he wouldn’t be subjected to clearing waivers.

In his debut, he skated 21 shifts for 17:42 total ice (:36 on the penalty kill) and ended the shootout loss with a +1 rating. He also dished out a pair of hits, had play breakups and one takeaway; pretty nice.

 

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Brett Skinner(24) Norfolk Admirals

Brett Skinner

9th year veteran defenseman Brett Skinner(24) interestingly signed with the Central Hockey League Allen Americans, eventual President’s Cup winners, after returning from a couple of seasons overseas. Two years ago he ended up playing for teams in Germany, Finland and Sweden, but in the season before that one he played a full campaign in the KHL.

He put up some pretty impressive numbers in the lower league, skating 27 games, scoring 7 goals and 30 assists with a +4 rating.

Grand Rapids Griffins swooped in and signed him to a pto half way through 2012/2013. They upped that to a standard players contract in short order and their season culminated 100 games later as the 2013 Calder Cup Champs.

The 6’1″ 195 lbs. blue liner was originally a Vancouver Canucks‘ 3rd round pick in the 2002 draft (#68 overall) but only played a single year in their system before bouncing around with a few AHL teams until he signed in the off-season of 2008 with New York Islanders for a spell, played his only 11 NHL games with them. The next season he scored some fairly decent numbers reassigned to minor league affiliate Lake Erie Monsters while under contract with Colorado Avalanche.

Probably helped him get some decent money in Russia.

At 30 years old with his new team Norfolk Admirals, he already has three assists in 7 games. His AHL stats are pretty amazing at 369 games (and counting) 28 goals and 151 assists.

It’s all about the break out pass.

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Luke Glendening(33) Detroit Red Wings

Luke Glendening

2nd year right wing/center Luke Glendening(33) signed a one-year, two-way entry level deal with Detroit Red Wings just after free agency started.

The undrafted forward had an outstanding rookie season on an AHL contract with minor league affiliate Grand Rapid Griffins and then took it up another notch in the playoffs striking for 6 goals and 10 assists in 22 games on the way to the 2013 Calder Cup Championship.

It wasn’t exactly a breeze for the 24-year old forward though as he was reassigned to start 2012/2013 in the ECHL with Toledo Walleye, where he detonated the score sheet with 14 goals and 7 assists in 27 games before being recalled permanently a couple of months into the campaign.

His unrelenting work ethic continued to impress the parent club that was closely watching his early strides and inked him quickly before any other suitors could step in.

The 5’11” 195 lbs. sophomore skater earns his first NHL recall after a quick start with their farm club, putting up a pair of assists in the opening two contests.

He was captain of his college hockey squad at University Of Michigan and won an NCAA title two seasons ago. He also was chosen as the best defensive-minded forward, which is primarily his style but he’s quickly adding goal scorer to that depth chart.

See related: 1/20-12

 

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Jack Downing(80) South Carolina Stingrays

Jack Downing

3rd year undrafted right wing Jack Downing(80) starts the 2013/2014 season much like he did in his first couple of years, in the ECHL on reassignment. He joins South Carolina Stingrays.

He was in both Boston and Providence training camps. Signed to a 1-year deal with P-Bruins, he was an invite to the parent club’s camp.

Despite beginning his campaigns in the lower league, he’s played in more AHL games with Binghamton Senators in two seasons than he did with their affiliate Elmira Jackals.

The fairly big 6’3″ 200 lbs. forward has almost a point-per-game average in the ECHL but has only half the success in the AHL.

At 24-years old he still has plenty to prove to move up more permanently.

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Steven Spinell(78) South Carolina Stingrays

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Undrafted rookie defenseman Steven Spinell(78) will start his pro career in Boston Bruins‘ prospect system on reassignment to ECHL affiliate South Carolina Stingrays.

He was originally in development and training camps before being cut and sent to their main farm team, Providence Bruins.

The 6’2″ 216 lbs. blue liner signed a 2-way AHL contract and looks to be on the short list for an early season recall.

He’s never really been known to put up big numbers on the score sheet but in four years of college hockey at Miami University, the 23-year old won an NCAA Championship in 2011 and he was a combined +60 rating through 149 games.

This will definitely be an interesting player to watch in the upcoming season.

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Nick Johnson(32) Boston Bruins

Nick Johnson

Until someone tells 6th year right wing Nick Johnson(32) differently he’s making a case with Boston Bruins to be on their opening night roster to start the 2013/2014 season.

He’s scored 3 goals in 2 preseason games and the 27-year old is drawing praise from coaching and management.

The 6’2″ 196 lbs. forward is signed to a 1-year two-way deal, but whether or not he is reassigned to minor league affiliate Providence Bruins, he’s easily put himself on the short list for an early recall once the action begins.

In 104 NHL games he has 14 goals and 23 assists and has spent parts of the last four seasons playing in the big league, including one full campaign with Minnesota Wild a couple of years ago.

His AHL stats are point towards a player that is on the cusp of a full-time job with a parent club. He has 53 goals and 70 assists in 183 games and holds a highly accountable +44 rating.

He was originally a Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 3rd round pick in the 2004 draft (#89 overall).

He even spent time in the ECHL with Wheeling Nailers working his way up in his rookie season and even played 5 games for Idaho Steelheads during the last year’s lockout.

See related: 11/17-10

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Chris Collins(21) Bakersfield Condors

Chris Collin

8th year undrafted left wing Chris Collins(21) has bounced around a lot in his pro career.

He will don the jersey of his 10th team when the 2013/2014 campaign starts and he puts on a Bakersfield Condors sweater.

The mini 5’8″ 186 lbs. forward finished up 2012/2013 with Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins appearing in 20 regular season and 13 playoff games. He scored a combined 3 goals and 6 assists but also left them with a -8 rating. It was his second stint with the organization. His AHL totals are 44-51 in 226 appearances.

He’s appeared in 144 contests overseas, mostly in the top German DEL and has really excelled on the bigger ice surfaces posting 51 markers and 66 helpers.

The 29-year old is also prolific in the ECHL, where he’ll once again skate in the upcoming season, so we expect him to help a team that has struggled the past couple of seasons as a leader in the locker room and on the score sheet. It’s possible that he could be selected as their captain.

He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in his last year with Boston College Eagles, when he put up 1.5 points per game. His outstanding performance led to an NHL contract with Boston Bruins but skated only with their affiliates.

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