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Five Bruins prospects atop the top 50 NCAA players to watch list

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Heinen, O'Gara, Forsbacka-Karlsson, Donato, and Kuraly named as players to keep an eye on

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With the Boston Bruins not looking so hot on the ice, lets take a look at some Bruins NCAA prospects. These rankings courtesy of The Hockey News and Ryan Kennedy.

Danton Heinen - 4th round (116 overall), 2014

12. Danton Heinen, C, Denver - One of the biggest breakout players last year, the Pioneers will rely on the Bruins selection for offense again.

As a Freshman, Heinen was third in freshman scoring behind two guys named Jack Eichel and Dylan Larkin. You might know them. Overall, he finished 15th overall in points, tied with Austin Czarnik with 45 points.

Prior NCAA years:

Heinen GP TGP G A PTS G/GP A/GP P/GP HT +/- SOG SOG/GP Sh%
Freshman 40 40 16 29 45 0.4 0.72 1.12 0 19 85 2.12 18.80%

Currently: Heinen and the Denver Pioneers have played two games, with Heinen getting one goal on six shots, to go with an assist.

Denver's schedule

Rob O'Gara - 5th round (151 overall), 2011

19. Rob O'Gara, D, Yale - He won a national title with the Bulldogs in 2013 and now the big Boston pick is looking to end his college career on a similar high note.

Ivy league hockey doesn't start until the end of October, so we have

Prior NCAA years:

O'Gara GP TGP G A PTS G/GP A/GP P/GP HT +/- SOG SOG/GP Sh%
Junior 33 33 6 15 21 0.18 0.45 0.64 0 15 39 1.18 15.40%
Sophomore 33 33 4 7 11 0.12 0.21 0.33 0 14 35 1.06 11.40%
Freshman 37 37 0 7 7 0 0.19 0.19 0 -5 25 0.68 0.00%
Total 103 103 10 29 39 0.10 0.28 0.38 0 24 99 0.96 10.10%

Currently: No games yet. 

Yale's schedule.

Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson - 2nd round (45 overall), 2015

20. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C, Boston U. - The freshman Bruins pick will get a top-six role to start and his two-way game ensures both responsibility and offense.

Forsbacka-Karlsson has played two preseason games with Boston University, with two goals on five shots, including one very nice penalty shot goal to put the game away for good.

Second goal

Vines courtesy of Jashvina Shah

Boston University schedule.

Ryan Donato - 2nd round (56 overall), 2014

30. Ryan Donato, C, Harvard - Incredible hands and 1-on-1 skills are this Boston pick's calling cards. He'll play for his dad, Ted, with the Crimson.

Donato will be a Freshman at Harvard, and has played no NCAA games thus far. Donato is coming off of a year at Dexter with 53 points in 31 games.

Harvard schedule.

Sean Kuraly - 5th round (133 overall), 2011

48. Sean Kuraly, C, Miami - The Boston prospect (via trade with San Jose) is a two-way forward who needs to up his production for the RedHawks.

Kuraly was part of the Martin Jones trade, and will hope to put up better numbers than his 29 point Sophomore and Junior year. Kuraly will be the Redhawks captain, following in fellow Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik's footsteps.

Prior NCAA years:

Kuraly GP TGP G A PTS G/GP A/GP P/GP HT +/- SOG SOG/GP Sh%
Junior 40 40 19 10 29 0.47 0.25 0.72 0 1 153 3.83 12.40%
Sophomore 38 38 12 17 29 0.32 0.45 0.76 0 -1 136 3.58 8.80%
Freshman 40 42 6 6 12 0.15 0.15 0.3 0 -5 109 2.73 5.50%
Total 118 120 37 33 70 0.31 0.28 0.59 0 -5 398 3.37 9.30%

Currently: 2 games, three shots, no points

Miami of Ohio schedule.