Boston Bruins

 

  • Hope you got your swimming and tanning in, because summer is officially o-v-e-r.

    At least if you’re on the Boston Bruins, who have finalized the roster that will take the ice beginning Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of a six-game preseason and then the 2022-23 NHL regular season.

    There were no surprises from Don Sweeney and the Bruins, who have put the band back together (perhaps one final time, at least it relates to Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci) in search of their first Stanley Cup since 2011.

    So, what’s up with this year’s team?

  • Forwards

    Mar 3, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Boston Bruins center Craig Smith (12) celebrates with center Trent Frederic (11) and center Charlie Coyle (13) after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 3, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Craig Smith (12) celebrates with Trent Frederic (11) and Charlie Coyle (13) after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Joey Abate: Signed to an AHL-only contract in April, the 6-foot-1 left wing turns pro after a collegiate career that included 12 goals and 32 points in 85 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Abate was at development camp back in July, and last weekend’s prospects challenge in Buffalo.  

    Samuel Asselin: A 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward, the 24-year-old Asselin has put up 16 goals and 49 points in 98 games with the P-Bruins over the last three seasons. 

    Johnny Beecher: Boston’s first-round pick in 2019, Beecher turned pro this past spring after three years at Michigan, and tallied three goals and three assists in 11 total games (nine regular season and two postseason games) with the P-Bruins to close out his 2021-22.

    Patrice Bergeron: The Captain still has it. Coming off what was perhaps his best two-way season yet, Bergeron is back for another run after scoring 25 goals and 65 points in 73 games last year. 

    Justin Brazeau: The 6-foot-5 Brazeau split last year between ECHL Maine and AHL Providence. In Maine, the 24-year-old tallied 10 goals and 20 points in 18 games with the Mariners, and added 15 goals and 31 points in 51 games with the P-Bruins. 

    Charlie Coyle: Slotted comfortably back into his normal third-line center role behind Bergeron and Krejci, Coyle will look to build off what was his best season in five years in 2022-23, as he’s coming off a 2021-22 campaign that featured 16 goals and 44 points in 82 games. 

    Jake DeBrusk: It’s been a whirlwind of a year and a half for Jake DeBrusk. But after discovering a solid fit to Bergeron’s right and signing a two-year extension, DeBrusk rescinded his trade request and is ready to make it work in Boston. Worth noting that DeBrusk scored the most goals among all Boston skaters after the B’s moved up to the right wing of their top line in late February. 

    Nick Foligno: The 2021-22 season did not let Nick Foligno make much of an impact on the Bruins. Struggling with injuries throughout the year, the 34-year-old Foligno never felt like he was able to find his stride with the Bruins. Reduced to a fourth-line role down the stretch, Foligno finished the first year of a two-year, $7.6 million contract with just two goals and 13 points in 64 games. All parties involved are hoping that a clean bill of health will give Foligno the chance to redeem himself for the B’s. 

    Trent Frederic: The Bruins have pushed back on the idea that Trent Frederic will never be anything more than a fourth-line agitator type, and Marchand’s injury should give him a chance to once again stick in a third-line role with Charlie Coyle. The 2016 first-round pick put up a career-high eight goals and 18 points in 60 games last season, but struggled with his own confidence and knowing exactly what he’s supposed to be for this team. 

    J.D Greenway: The 6-foot-5 defenseman-turned-forward appeared in 26 games for ECHL Maine and 16 games for AHL Providence in 2021-22. The Bruins know that turning him into a forward isn’t going to be something that just happens overnight, but they are committed to the process. (He is indeed the younger brother of Minnesota forward Jordan Greenway, in case you were wondering.)

    A.J. Greer: The Bruins are hoping that they’ve found a late bloomer with A.J. Greer. A physical left wing standing at 6-foot-3, Greer spent the majority of his 2021-22 season with AHL Utica, with 22 goals and 52 points, along with 102 minutes in penalties, in 53 games for the Comets. The 25-year-old did get into nine games of NHL action for the Devils, too, with a goal, an assist, and 20 hits. 

    Curtis Hall: A fourth-round pick in 2018, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hall put up two goals and five points in 52 games last year, and has totaled three goals and six points in 65 career AHL games.

    Taylor Hall: Riding shotgun with the Krejci-Pastrnak duo out of the gate this season, Taylor Hall should have plenty of opportunities to build off last year’s 20-goal, 61-point campaign. 

    Joona Koppanen: A 6-foot-5, 208-pounder, Koppanen is coming off a 2021-22 campaign that included 11 goals and 30 points, along with a plus-21 rating, in 62 games for the P-Bruins. A fifth-round choice of the club back in 2016, the Finnish-born Koppnan has played on North American ice since 2018, with 27 goals and 58 points over 181 games with Providence.

    David Krejci: After a year back home playing for his hometown HC Olomouc, David Krejci is back in his second home and set for a 16th season with the Bruins. Krejci is coming off a 2021-22 season that included 20 goals and 46 points in the Czech League, along with four points in four games in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, and three goals and 12 points at the 2022 World Championships in Finland.

    Krejci is also just 38 games away from the 1,000-game mark, which would make him just the seventh player in franchise history to play at least 1,000 games with the Bruins.

    Jakub Lauko: The Bruins have to hope that last year was the bottom for 2018 third-round pick Jakub Lauko, who scored just three goals and 16 points, and had a team-worst minus-28, in 54 games. Overall, the excitable Czech wing has 13 goals and 44 points in 99 career AHL games. 

  • BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the first period of Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – APRIL 12: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the first period of Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Vinni Lettieri: The righty center set NHL career-highs across the board this past season, with five goals and 10 points in 31 games played for the Ducks. Lettieri has totaled seven goals and 18 points in 82 career NHL games between the Rangers and Ducks.

    Fabian Lysell: Boston’s 2021 first-round pick, Lysell put up 22 goals and 62 points in 53 games for WHL Vancouver last year. And after a solid outing at the 2022 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, it’s expected that he’ll start his pro career in 2022-23. 

    Brad Marchand: Still recovering from double hip surgery, Marchand will not be a full participant in this year’s training camp. He does, however, have an idea as to when he’ll be back in action. 

    Marc McLaughlin: A late-season signing out of Boston College, the Billerica, Mass. kid certainly did what he could to take advantage of his Boston chance, with three goals, along with 15 hits and two blocks, in 11 NHL contests. He’s another player who could challenge for an NHL spot out of the gate in 2022-23, especially with his ability to play both center and wing.

    Georgii Merkulov: Signed out of Ohio State, Russian forward Georgii Merkulov recorded a team-leading 20 goals and 34 points in 36 games for the Buckeyes, and added one goal and five points in an eight-game run with the P-Bruins to end the season.

    Tomas Nosek: Boston’s projected fourth-line center, Nosek went 50 straight games without a goal to close out his first season with the Bruins, and finished with three goals and 17 points in 75 games. 

    David Pastrnak: All eyes will be on the David Pastrnak situation as camp rolls on. The Bruins want to get a deal done with the pending unrestricted free agent. It’s not hard to see why, as Pastrnak is a legitimate top 10 scoring talent in this league. 

    Matthew Poitras: The B’s top pick from the 2022 NHL Draft, Poitras put up 21 goals and 50 points in 68 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL this past season. The Brooklin, Ont. native’s 50 points were the third-most among all Storm skaters, and were the seventh-most among all rookie OHLers. The 5-foot-11, 174-pound center says that he tries to model his game after Lightning centers Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli. The Bruins would certainly take that. 

    Craig Smith: In the final year of his three-year deal with the Bruins, Smith enters 2022-23 following a year that included 16 goals and 36 points in 74 games played. 

    Oskar Steen: The Swedish winger, who is no longer exempt from waivers (meaning he’d be exposed to all 31 NHL teams for a potential claim before the B’s could send him down to Providence), is looking to stick with the NHL roster after putting up two goals and six points in 20 NHL games in 2021-22. 

    Jack Studnicka: The 23-year-old Studnicka has tallied one goal and seven points in 37 total NHL games since 2019. He is also out of minor-league options. It’s basically now or never.

    Luke Toporowski: Inked to a two-year AHL contract this past summer, the 21-year-old Toporowski is turning pro after a lengthy WHL career that included 96 goals and 199 points in 245 games between Spokane and Kamloops. He could emerge as a name to watch for the future here, too, as the Bruins really liked what they saw from Toporowski at this year’s rookie camp and Prospects Challenge. 

    Eduards Tralmaks: The former U-Maine product, who absolutely has to be nicknamed ‘Trail Mix’ you’d think, put up 14 goals and 27 points in 51 games with Providence last year. 

    Alex-Olivier Voyer: The 6-foot-2 right wing had three goals and eight points in 41 games with the P-Bruins a season ago. Overall, the 23-year-old has 16 points in 63 career AHL games. 

    Chris Wagner: A locker room favorite, Wagner is back with the B’s after spending almost all of the 2021-22 season in the AHL due to cap issues. There’s an opening at fourth-line right wing, too, which should help the Walpole, Mass. native stick should he have a strong camp. 

    Pavel Zacha: Acquired from the Devils in a one-for-one swap involving Erik Haula, Zacha comes to Boston on the heels of a career-high 36 points in 2021-22. Zacha also scored a career-high 17 goals during the pandemic-delayed 2021 campaign. He’ll ride to the left of Patrice Bergeron while Marchand works his way back to the lineup. 

  • Defensemen

    Nov 26, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) gets set for a face-off during the second period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 26, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) gets set for a face-off during the second period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Jack Ahcan: The 5-foot-8 Ahcan is coming off a 2021-22 season spent almost entirely in Providence, with an AHL-career high six goals and 23 points in 46 games. Ahcan also made a six-game cameo for the Big B’s in 2021-22, and tallied his first career goal in the club’s Mar. 10 win over the Blackhawks.

    Victor Berglund: The 23-year-old Berglund, a seventh-round pick of the B’s back in 2017, scored six goals and 18 points in 46 games with the P-Bruins last season. 

    Frederic Brunet: A 6-foot-2 defender, Brunet was drafted with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft after a breakout season featuring 12 goals and 46 points in 63 games played for QMJHL Rimouski Oceanic. His 46 points made him 11th-highest scoring defenseman in the The Q, while his 18 power-play assists were the sixth-most among all defenders in the league.

    Michael Callahan: Acquired from the Coyotes last February, the 22-year-old Callahan jumped to the pro ranks at the conclusion of his college season and appearance in 15 games with the P-Bruins to wrap up his 2022. Callahan is a Franklin, Mass. native, and served as the captain of Providence College. 

    Brandon Carlo: Getting defenseman Brandon Carlo ‘right’ after what’s seemed like multi-season regression — the injuries and revolving door of pairing partners haven’t helped, I’m sure — has to be order No. 1 for Jim Montgomery and new assistant coach John Gruden. He’s simply too important of a piece of the B’s puzzle for this to go on for a third straight season. 

    Connor Carrick: A member of the Kraken organization last year, the right-shooting Carrick put up 10 goals and 32 points in 59 games with AHL Charlotte last season. In his career, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound defenseman has appeared in 247 career NHL games between the Capitals, Maple Leafs, Stars and Devils, totaling 13 goals and 49 points.

    Connor Clifton: It was a year of career-highs in 2021-22 for Clifton, as he set personal bests in goals (two), assists (eight), points (10), hits (156), blocks (62), and games played (60). The Bruins have actually circled Clifton as a player whose stock could rise under Montgomery. 

    Josiah Didier: A veteran AHL defenseman, Didier has spent the last three years with the P-Bruins. 

    Jackson Edward: Boston’s 2022 seventh-round selection standing at 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, Edward tallied six helpers in 54 games for the OHL’s London Knights in 2021-22. 

    Derek Forbort: In addition to a career-high four goals last year, Forbort emerged as Boston’s top left-side killer in 2021-22, and finished the year with 100 blocked shots and 133 hits in 76 games played. This will be the second year of a three-year, $9 million deal signed back in 2021. 

  • May 12, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) checks Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Stepan (18) during the second period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    May 12, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) checks Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Stepan (18) during the second period at TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

    Matt Grzelcyk: The Charlestown, Mass. native is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery and will not be available in training camp. The current timeline projects Grzelcyk to return to action sometime in late November. 

    Hampus Lindholm: Picked up from the Ducks in a deadline sign-and-extend, Lindholm certainly popped in his limited sample with the Bruins, with five assists and a plus-10 rating in 10 games with the Bruins. Now comes figuring out where he fits best. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy liked having Lindholm with McAvoy, but it sounds as if Jim Montgomery isn’t necessarily about ‘put all the eggs in one basket’ approach on the backend.

    Ryan Mast: Boston’s sixth-round pick from the 2021 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-5 Mast tallied nine goals and 31 points in 59 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting this past season. It was an eight-goal and 20-point jump from his 2019-20 campaign.

    Charlie McAvoy: Another unavailable defenseman, McAvoy is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and will not be a full participant in this year’s training camp. Similar to Grzelcyk and Marchand, McAvoy is expected to be close to 100 percent sometime in late November. 

    Mike Reilly: In and out of the lineup a bit too much for his liking last year, Reilly put up four goals and 17 points in 70 games with the Bruins last year. 

    Dan Renouf: A 6-foot-3 defenseman, Renouf has appeared in 23 career NHL games with the Wings and Avalanche, and has totaled three assists and 27 hits over that 23-game sample. Renouf, who played his college hockey at Maine, skated in four games with the Red Wings in 2021-22.

    Jacob Wilson: Signed to an AHL deal back in March, the 25-year-old made two appearances with the P-Bruins last season after what was a five-year career at Arizona State. At ASU, the right-shot Wilson tallied nine goals and 44 points in 150 games, and wore the ‘C’ for the Sun Devils in 2021-22. 

    Kai Wissmann: With Eisbären Berlin last year, Wissman recorded four goals and 20 points, along with a plus-31 rating, in 55 games played. Wissman, who actually hails from the same town as Dennis Seidenberg, also put up two goals and seven points in eight games at the 2022 World Championships.

    Nick Wolff: A 6-foot-5 left shot, Wolff has totaled 10 points, 101 minutes in penalties, and a plus-7 rating in 56 games with the P-Bruins over the last two seasons. 

    Jakub Zboril: Looking to rebound from a torn ACL that ended his 2021-22 back in December, the Bruins will likely slot the left-shooting Zboril on the right side to begin the 2022-23 season. 

  • Goaltenders

    Feb 1, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) and goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) skates to the bench after a game against the Seattle Kraken at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 1, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Linus Ullmark (35) and goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) skates to the bench after a game against the Seattle Kraken at TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Francois Brassard: On a minors-only deal, Brassard comes to the organization after posting a 2.19 goals against average and .911 save percentage in 31 games for ECHL Jacksonville last year. 

    Brandon Bussi: Signed out of Western Michigan University last spring, Bussi started his pro career hot, as he recorded three wins and posted a .920 save percentage in five games with the P-Bruins. 

    Kyle Keyser: The No. 4 goaltender on the depth chart, Keyser put up 11 wins and a .908 save percentage in 33 games with Providence last year. Overall, the Florida native’s posted a 15-19-15 record, 2.79 goals against average, and a .906 save percentage in 44 AHL games over the last three seasons.

    Keith Kinkaid: Brought in to be the new No. 3, Kinkaid put up a 20-14-2 record and .904 save percentage in 37 games with AHL Hartford last year, and stopped 29-of-31 shots faced in his lone NHL appearance of the 2021-22 season. The 33-year-old veteran comes to town with loads of experience, too, as he’s appeared in 167 NHL games since 2013, and has posted a 69-58-21 record and .905 save percentage over that stretch with the Devils, Canadiens, and Rangers.

    Jeremy Swayman: The Bruins hope the future is as bright as it looked last year, as Swayman is coming off a rookie year headlined by 23 wins, a .914 save percentage, and a 2.41 goals against average in 41 games (39 starts). Swayman also started the final five games of the Black and Gold’s playoff series against the Hurricanes, and was Team USA’s starter at the World Championship.

    Linus Ullmark: Entering the second year of a four-year, $20 million contract signed in 2021, Ullmark will look to build off what was a mostly successful first year in Boston, with wins in 26 of his 38 decisions and a .917 save percentage. (That .917 save percentage ranked ninth among goaltenders with at least 40 games played in 2021-22, by the way.)