Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 21: A detailed view of the Boston Bruins' logo is seen during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on March 21, 2022 in Montreal, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • In what’s become an autumn rite of passage, the Bruins’ rookies will once again touch down in Boston for a rookie camp and almost immediately jump out to Buffalo for the 2022 Prospects Challenge.

    This year, the Bruins’ rookies will compete against the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ottawa Senators’ rookies in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team.

    The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which is being held entirely at the HarborCenter in Buffalo.

    And Tuesday came with the confirmation of the roster that’ll jump on Bear Force One.

  • FORWARDS

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Fabian Lysell #68 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 28, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 28: Fabian Lysell #68 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 28, 2021 in New York City. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

    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. Beecher is certainly a name to watch, as he could be a player that sneaks his way onto the NHL roster at some point this year with the Bruins looking for some more jump and energy from their bottom-six forward grouping.

    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’s a guy that’s gonna have to have a lot of reps to get acclimated to playing forward. But we’re committed to the time with J.D., and he’s committed to putting in the time as well,” P-Bruins head coach Ryan Mougenel said in July. “He’s a physical specimen. He’s intimidating in that way. That’s another thing that some of our guys gotta grow into and be a little uncomfortable doing it. He’s kind of gotten over that a little bit and he understands that he’s a big, physical guy, and he needs to play like that all the time.”

    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 AHL games since turning pro back in 2020. 

    James Hardie (camp invite): A left-shot left wing, Hardie will attend B’s rookie camp on a tryout basis. The 20-year-old put up a team-leading 41 goals and 77 points in 68 games for the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads last year. 

    Brett Harrison (injured): The 19-year-old Harrison, who will not participate in rookie camp but is listed on the roster, scored 27 goals and 61 points in 65 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League a year ago. 

    Ryan Humphrey (camp invite): Another invite, the 19-year-old Humphrey scored 25 goals and 62 points in 68 games for the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs last year, and added four goals and nine points in 19 postseason games. 

    Keltie Jeri-Leon (camp invite): The 22-year-old ‘KJL’ is a well-traveled player given his age. After a WHL career that featured four different stops, Jeri-Leon tallied 19 goals and 35 points in 57 games for ECHL Maine last season, and also made six AHL appearances between Providence and Abbotsford. 

    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. 

    Fabian Lysell: Get that Fabian Lysell hype train revved up. Boston’s 2021 first-round pick, Lysell put up 22 goals and 62 points in 53 games for WHL Vancouver last year. The world is an oyster for the Swedish wing, too, as he could return to the WHL, or play in the AHL or NHL to begin next season. 

    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: NCAA free agent signing Georgii Merkulov could be a potential dark horse for this team in 2022-23. Signed out of Ohio State, 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.

    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 Ontario Hockey League 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 OHL skaters. The 5-foot-11, 174-pound center says that he tries to model his game after Lightning centers Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli. Greasiness will never be a worry.

    Brayden Schuurman (camp invite): A 5-foot-9, 191-pound forward, Schuurman put up 29 goals and 54 points in 68 games with the WHL’s Victoria Royals last season. 

    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.

  • DEFENSE

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JULY 08: Frederic Brunet is selected by the Boston Bruins during Round Five of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 08, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 08: Frederic Brunet is selected by the Boston Bruins during Round Five of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 08, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    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.

    Mike 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. 

    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. 

    Grant Gabriele: Signed to an AHL deal last March, the 6-foot-2 Gabriele appeared in two games for the P-Bruins on amateur tryout to close out his 2021-22 after a college career that featured 13 goals and 50 points in 124 games with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Fedor Gordeev: A 6-foot-6 defender, Gordeev is with the organization on a one-year, AHL-only contract. The 23-year-old, originally a fifth-round pick of the Maple Leafs back in 2017, spent the 2021-22 season with ECHL Iowa, and put up five goals and 22 points in 69 games for the Heartlanders. 

    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.

    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 Wissman: 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.

  • GOALTENDERS

    MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 26: A detail of the Boston Bruins logo is seen during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 26, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 8-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

    MONTREAL, QC – NOVEMBER 26: A detail of the Boston Bruins logo is seen during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 26, 2019 in Montreal. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

    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. 

    Reid Dyck: Selected with the No. 183 overall pick in 2022, the 6-foot-3 Dyck went 6-12-1 with an .884 save percentage and 4.26 goals against average in 23 games for the Swift Current Broncos last season.

  • SCHEDULE

    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Boston Bruins fans hold a giant flag with the Boston Logo on it prior Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Boston Bruins fans hold a giant flag with the Boston Logo on it prior Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 24, 2013. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Friday, September 16 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY) 

    Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, 3:30 p.m.

    Saturday, September 17 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY) 

    Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3:30 p.m. 

    Monday, September 19 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY) 

    Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, 10 a.m.