I’m sure many of you have followed my Bruins prospect rankings and you’ve agreed or disagreed with some or all of my player placement. When you next peruse the list, remember that it’s ranked based on the odds of making it as an NHLer this season, not on overall talent or future potential.
Here’s a short look at some of the guys that didn’t make the top 10. Some of these guys will no doubt crack the rankings this season or later.
In no particular order:
Max Sauve, C
Ankle injury kept him from participating in development camp, so he might be set back a bit when he arrives this fall. But he should still challenge for an NHL role.
Steve Kampfer, D
A cup of coffee with Providence (AHL) last spring should help the backliner get a jump on this fall’s camp, but at least a year of minor-league seasoning should be in the future of this Michigan product.
Matt Bartkowski, D
Coming out of Ohio State, Bartkowski will need some time to adjust to the speed and skill at the pro level. And like most kids his age, he’ll need to add some bulk to to his 6-foot-1, 191-pound frame.
Jeff Lovecchio, LW
Hard-nosed forward got a long look at last year’s camp, and then endured the usual ups and downs of a first full pro season after his rookie year was wiped out by a concussion. Based on his grit, he could be in the fourth-line mix this fall.
Michael Hutchinson, G
Probably the best of Boston’s thin goaltender pool, the London Knights stand out could wind up back in the OHL or could be the P-Bruins’ starter depending on how he puts his size and positioning to work at training camp.