For Bruins prospects, it was a busy week with a lot of positive things happening.
Here’s what to know:
Two Future Bruins Called to US World Junior Camp
Last year’s first-round pick John Beecher and 2018 fouth-round selection Curtis Hall have both enjoyed strong seasons at the collegiate level. That was rewarded on Monday as both were named to the US World Junior Team preliminary roster for their December 16-17 camp.
Beecher is off to a flying start for his freshman season at Michigan, leading the Wolverines in points with nine on the back of five goals and four assists. Two of his goals have been game-winners for a struggling Michigan team (6-10-2) in need of a reset for the second half.
As for Hall, he has played in only nine games this season yet still ranks second in points for Yale (5-7-0). His six goals lead the Bulldogs as do his 23 penalty minutes.
They’ll Have Company in Group B
Jakub Lauko was also named to the Czech Republic World Junior roster. The Providence Bruins’ forward suffered a scary injury last week, taking an elbow to the chin before being stretchered off the ice as a precaution. Though he feels good, Lauko will need to recover quickly enough to factor into the WJC picture.
This season, Lauko has just eight points in 18 games for the P-Bruins and is a plus-4. This will mark his third straight World Junior Championship appearance, recording a total of three points in his 11 prior games.
Meanwhile, In Russia…
Roman Bychkov is off to a nice start this season, recording 15 points in 35 games for Loko Yaroslavl in the MHL. More impressive, the defenseman is a plus-17 so far as well. Bychkov and Loko are currently in second place in the MHL at 29-5-2, including a 12-1-1 mark since the start of November.
And in the Q…
2018 second-round pick Axel Anderson is having a strong season in the QMJHL. His Moncton Wildcats are in third place currently. Anderson, a defenseman, has 11 assists this season and is a plus-6 for a team that has allowed 90 goals in 31 games.