With no Bruins hockey until October, there isn’t much news involving the franchise. We can however, look towards the future and some prospects that have had a good 2015-16 season.
#1: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is definitely a mouthful to say, but this Swedish centerman is a talented 19 year-old.
Drafted #45th overall (round 2) back in 2015, JFK has completed his first year with Boston University in the Hockey East League. After playing two consecutive seasons with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL (United States Hockey League), Karlsson had 26-60-86 totals in 110 games, but the 2014-15 season was his breakout year. 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points in 50 games as well as a +10. A review on JFK is below via Hockey’s Future.
“Forsbacka-Karlsson is regarded as a player with a high hockey IQ. He’s a good passer who can take a broken play and turn it into a scoring chance. He’s a smooth skater and a good passer with lots of potential.”
“Forsbacka-Karlsson is in his freshman season at Boston University in 2015-16 and skated for Sweden in the 2016 World Junior Championship. He has made a smooth transition from the USHL to college hockey as a 19-year-old and is one of the top playmakers for the Terriers. Forsbacka-Karlsson projects as an effective second line center with some scoring ability.”
#2: Brandon Carlo
Brandon Carlo is a former 2nd round draft pick from last year back in Florida. This Bruins defenseman raises anticipation for the future. Now that the Bruins are in defensive struggles, GM Don Sweeney drafted Carlo to get more prospect depth. He also added Jakub Zboril in the first round.
The 6’5″ 201 pounds Colorado native played in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans. There, he played in 52 games, putting up 4-23-27 totals. But, Carlo isn’t the type of d-man to join the rushes and look for goals. Instead, he is more of a stay at home defenceman who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. This season alone, Carlo was involved in 4 fights, three of which happened between October 10th and November 28th. One of them can be found below:
A read up on Brandon Carlo is below, courtesy of Hockey’s Future.
“Carlo is an important physical presence in the defending zone. He uses his long reach to disrupt the opposition’s flow. Carlo moves well enough to force oncoming opponents away from prime scoring areas.”
“Carlo signed a three-year entry-level contract with Boston following his first training camp in September before being returned to the WHL. He is in his third season with the Tri-City Americans in 2015-16 and skated for the bronze medal-winning USA U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. A punishing, defense-first defender, Carlo projects as a top tier stay-at-home defenseman.”
#3: Danton Heinen
Danton Heinen could possibly be a diamond in the rough for the Boston Bruins. Drafted back in 2014, #116th overall in round four, Heinen was just recently signed by the Bruins back on April 12th.
The signing of Heinen doesn’t come to much surprise. During the 2015-16 campaign, Danton played with the University of Denver in the NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference). He stepped foot on the ice 41 times during the season, leaving with 20-28-48 totals, as well as a +19 rating.
Heinen isn’t a big player, he is more tall. At 6’0″ 161 pounds and only 20 years old, Danton has a lot of time to grow and get bigger, kind of like David Pastrnak when he was drafted by the Bruins.
Below is another review by Hockey’s Future.
“Heinen is a dangerous scorer with great hockey sense and high level of competitiveness. Despite limited skating and technical skills, he is constantly looking to create scoring chances and plays hard in all three zones. He will drive to the net despite any obstacles yet is reliable in his defensive responsibilities.”
“Heinen is in his sophomore season at the University of Denver in 2015-16, skating with Trevor Moore and Dylan Gambrell on one of the top lines in the country. Heinen’s scoring has drawn attention but it is his two-way game that projects him as an effective second or third line forward.”
#4: Daniel Vladar
So far, we have talked about some forwards and some defenceman. Now, let’s talk about a goalie. This goalie isn’t Malcolm Subban or Zane McIntyre. It is 2015 3rd round pick, Daniel Vladar.
Vladar comes from the Czech Republic just like fellow Bruins, David Pastrnak and David Krejci. If Vladar makes it into the NHL someday, then he would be one of the largest goaltenders in the league. At 6’6″ 186 pounds, Daniel Vladar is a beast at only 18 years old.
Vladar played with the Chicago Steel in the USHL this season. It may seem like he struggled, but it is his first season. Daniel appeared in 30 games, going 12-12-4 with a GAA of 2.31 and a SV% of 0.920%. Not the greatest stats in the world, but it isn’t completely horrible. Boston will need to work on Vladar for a bit, but with his size, it may be a little easier. Another useful description is below thanks kindly to Hockey’s Future.
“Vladar is a long-term project between the pipes for the Bruins. He does however have a lot going for himself. For his size, he’s very quick and very good at covering the bottom of the net. He does need to work on his positioning but that will hopefully come with maturity.”
“Vladar is skating for the USHL’s Chicago Steel in 2015-16 and was with the Czech Republic U20 team at the 2016 World Juniors (though he did not appear in any games). He has split time with Michigan State University commit John Lethemon with the Steel. Vladar is not eligible to play college hockey in the USA having played eight games professionally in Europe so his immediate future is up in the air. Drafted out of Europe, he would be eligible to play in the AHL in 2016-17 if signed by the Bruins as a 19-year-old. It is not known if he can play major junior hockey in Canada after spending a year in North America — as Russian goalie Leo Lazarev is doing with the Ottawa 67’s. Vladar’s size and raw ability suggest he can be an NHL goaltender one day.”
#5: Sean Kuraly
A former San Jose Sharks draft pick, Sean Kuraly is someone on the lookout. You could say that we snagged this Ohio native from the Milan Lucic trade because we traded away goaltender Martin Jones (who was acquired in the Lucic deal), to the Sharks in exchange for a 2016 1st round pick and Kuraly.
Sean is 6’2″ 201 pounds, but is one of the “older” prospects at 23 years of age.
Kuraly is most experienced in the USHL and the NCHC, where he played three years in each.
In the USHL, Kuraly played in a total amount of 110 games with 41-62-102 totals and +17 rating. With Miami University in the NCHC, Sean played 154 games and he managed to put up 43-50-93 points with a plus/minus of a +6.
Kuraly’s read up is again courtesy of Hockey’s Future.
“Kuraly is a two-way centerman. He has all the tools to be a good offensive player but he just has not been able to find any consistency at the collegiate level to let that side of his game show. His strong playmaking abilities and better than average shot would indicate there is more offense in the tank.”
“Kuraly is in his senior season with Miami University in 2015-16. A consistent scorer with some abrasiveness to his game at the college level, he projects as a lower line, two-way forward who can play in a variety of roles.”
There are five top prospects that the majority of common fans are not aware of. I have only heard of some, so this was helpful for me and I hope it was helpful for you. Thank you for reading, and have a fantastic weekend.