If you're feeling as starved for hockey as I am, then here's some good news. Tonight, the Bruins prospects will be playing against the Devils prospects in the second game of a 3 team round robin tournament. The game will be at 7pm in the HarborCenter. Last night, the Devils lost 6-2 to Eichel'n'friends. Hopefully, they won't fair much better against the Bruins.
If you're a Bruins fan that happens to live in Buffalo, then tickets are only 10 dollars and there's still plenty left. If you're a Bruins fan who lives anywhere else, then you've got to settle for radio for now. WGR 550 is streaming the game for free tonight. As for video, the Devils posted their game from last night against Buffalo on Youtube. Hopefully, one of the teams will be gracious enough to post the game after the fact.
Forwards: Noel Acciari, Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Mitchell Dempsey*, Jesse Gabrielle, Colton Hargrove, Justin Hickman, Joonas Kemppainen, Jordan Maletta*, Eric Neiley, Zach Senyshyn, Frank Vatrano.
Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Brandon Carlo, Max Everson, Max Iafrate, Jeremy Lauzon, Frankie Simonelli, Jakub Zboril.
Goaltenders: Matthew Ginn, Zane McIntyre, Dan Vladar.
Who to watch?
Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, Zach Senyshyn - The Three Musketeers were the product of a day of moves by Don Sweeney that were, let's say, controversial. To add fuel to the fires burning underneath Don Sweeney effigies, all 3 prospects failed their conditioning tests at camp. What does this mean? Is Don Sweeney a Montreal implant that drafted 3 heavy rocks disguised as hockey players in an attempt to destroy the future of the Bruins? Will Jake DeBrusk channel his inner Phil Kessel and eat a hot dog on the bench for every goal he scores on his way to a hat trick? Or maybe, just maybe, does 3 18 year olds not being in NHL-ready shape mean absolutely nothing?
Linus Arnesson, Brandon Carlo - Chara will retire someday soon, and these two seem to be the only players in the Bruins pipeline who can help fill that hole. These two, along with Jakub Zboril, will probably see the bulk of the ice time tonight. Expect to see two deceptively mobile big bodies getting the puck out of their zone and delivering booming shots from the point.
Noel Acciari, Austin Czarnik, Frank Vatrano - These 3 join a long line of promising college free agents who decided to sign with the Bruins. Noel Acciari was one of the best defensive forwards in the NCAA last year, and he helped the Providence Friars to a national championship. Hopefully, he'll be Chris Kelly's replacement some day. Czarnik was one of the best playmakers in the NCAA last year, and Vatrano was one of the best finishers. These two could develop into an excellent dynamic duo for Providence next year.