Believe it or not, we’re wrapping up the first month of the hockey season. The Boston Bruins are 13 games into their 2018–19 campaign and have a 7–4–2 record to show for it. Due to injuries on the back end, young prospects like Urho Vaakanainen and Jeremy Lauzon have made their NHL debuts earlier than expected. Both of those men are former draft picks of the Bruins who still are considered prospects for the club. Since we already know what they’re up to – Lauzon is still playing on a nightly basis and Vaakanainen is out with a concussion – let’s take a look at how some other prospects are doing for the Bruins this season.
Jack Studnicka — F — Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Studnicka had a shot to claim the third line center job in camp, but was ultimately returned to his junior team instead. Through 15 games this season he’s got seven goals and 13 assists. He was recently named a co-captain for Team Canada in the upcoming Canada Russia series. The former second round pick has high-expectations and his hot start in the OHL this season is a good sign for the Bruins.
Trent Frederic — F — Providence Bruins (AHL)
Frederic was another guy that was competing for the third line center job with the Bruins. However, it never really felt like he’d win it out of camp. It always felt like he’d start the year in the AHL, which he did. Through 11 games with the club he’s got five goals. The main thing for Frederic this season is working on his physical game along with his overall game, which he’s been doing. Due to the Bruins lack of a third line center at the moment, you could see Frederic with the big club this season. However, don’t be surprised if he spends the entire year in Providence.
Jakub Lauko — C — Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
The self-proclaimed “steal of the draft” in 2018 is off to a hot start in the QMJHL with six goals and six assists in 14 games this season. Lauko is known to be a two-way forward, which is a perfect mold for a middle of the lineup center. After a tremendous camp for the Bruins, he’s clearly brought his good play over into the regular season for the Huskies. With a few guys ahead of him on the depth chart, the Bruins can take their time with his development. However, if his game continues to improve quickly, he’ll be with the big club sooner rather than later.
Zachary Senyshyn — F — Providence Bruins (AHL)
Senyshyn was the Bruins 1st round “reach” in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He spent all of last season in the AHL and is right back there again. Through 11 games he’s picked up four goals for the club. His lack of production isn’t something many people get worked up about because he seems to always be playing a solid game. It feels like he’ll get his chance soon, which he’ll need to capitalize on big time.
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Kevin Maggiore (@kevin_maggiore)