Prospects Analysis: Season Preview
Prospects Analysis: Season Preview

This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.

As part of our continued prospect coverage to begin the upcoming 2017-18 season, this piece breaks down the prospect pools of each team in the Atlantic Division. If a player has a number next to his name, it is his overall ranking on the top-200 list heading into the year.

(Note: players with 25 games or more of NHL regular season experience are not eligible for list.)

ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON BRUINS

1.  Charlie McAvoy - D, Boston University-NCAA (12)
2. Zachary Senyshyn - F, Sault Ste. Marie-OHL (24)
3. Jake DeBrusk - F, Providence-AHL (78)
4. Anders Bjork - F, Notre Dame-NCAA (87)
5. Trent Frederic - F, University of Wisconsin-NCAA (92)
6. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson - F, Boston University-NCAA (99)
7. Urho Vaakanainen - D, JYP-Finland (131)
8. Jakub Zboril - D, Saint John-QMJHL (141)
9. Ryan Donato - F, Harvard-NCAA (155)
10. Malcolm Subban - G, Providence-AHL (162)
Sleeper: Joona Koppanen - F, Ilves Jr.- Finland

Overview: The Bruins system is light in regards to goaltending depth, but heavy everywhere else. Their forward group features a mix of high-end talent and guys who should develop into useful role players. Legitimate defensive prospects like Ryan Lindgren and Matt Grzelczyk aren't listed here. 

Vaakanainen has a good chance of developing into a useful two-way defender at the NHL level. It will be interesting to see if he can add a bit more offense to his game this year in Finland. Perhaps he was just exhausted at the end of a long season, but Zboril's play at the

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Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
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