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Bruins Prospect Dempsey Released by OHL Team

SOO Greyhounds

Mitchell Dempsey has been released by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the OHL according to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal. Dempsey, a 2013 7th round pick by the Bruins, has struggled this season, appearing in only two of SOO's games.

He was originally selected by Plymouth with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, but failed to impress and only appeared in 34 games during the 2011-2012 season. Dempsey joined SOO the following season and managed the same1-4-5 score line in two more appearances. There were hopes that he'd take the next step forward in his development this season.

While the lack of scoring would seem problematic, Dempsey was coveted for his ability to use his size (6'4'', 217 lbs) and physicality to create space first and foremost. He also has plenty of fights to check out if you're into that sort of thing.

Dempsey's next move is unknown at this moment, but this development shouldn't cause Bruins fans to give up on him. He's still only 18 with plenty of time to figure things out. You can be sure the team will keep tabs on his next stop, especially assistant GM Don Sweeney, his uncle.

Interestingly, the Bruins now have zero prospects in the CHL currently. I'm not sure, but they might be the only ones in that situation. Score one for NCAA hockey.

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