Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 05: A detail of the Boston Bruins logo is seen during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 5, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 5-4. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

  • An updated roster page for the Bruins has given us our first look at some new sweater numbers you’ll see on the sheet at Warrior Ice Arena when training camp gets underway next month.

    For starters, it’s worth noting that no Bruins player to play a game with the team last year is changing their number heading into 2022-23.

    That includes tweeners such as Jack Studnicka (No. 23) and Oskar Steen (No. 62), and defenseman Jakub Zboril remains fully committed to his No. 67 despite the No. 38 he wore in both juniors and Providence being more than available to him.

  • Johnny Beecher: No. 19

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: John Beecher poses for a portrait after being selected thirtieth overall by the Boston Bruins during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: John Beecher poses for a portrait after being selected by the Boston Bruins during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft on June 21, 2019. (Kevin Light/Getty Images)

    The No. 19 will go to forward Johnny Beecher.

    The 6-foot-3 Beecher wore No. 17 at Michigan (and wore No. 17 for Team USA), but that number was claimed by Nick Foligno in 2021, so it will two numbers up the dial for the New York native. The natural connection is that Beecher was drafted in 2019, of course.

    Beecher is turning pro after a three-year collegiate career at Michigan that included 19 goals and 39 points in 81 games for the Wolverines. The 21-year-old also appeared in nine games for the P-Bruins to close out his 2021-22 campaign, and scored three goals and five points, and added one assist in two postseason games for Providence.

    He will be the first player to wear No. 19 since Zach Senyshyn.

    Weird note when it comes to this number: Including Beecher, four of the last five players to wear this number for the B’s have been first-round picks of the club, with Beecher joining a group that features Senyshyn, Tyler Seguin, and Joe Thornton. Drew Stafford, who wore No. 19 for the Bruins during his post-deadline run with the club in 2017, is the outlier there.

  • A.J. Greer: No. 10

    Mar 23, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward A.J. Greer (42) pursues the play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 23, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward A.J. Greer (42) pursues the play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

    The first signing of a depth-heavy free agency for the Bruins, A.J. Greer will wear No. 10 for the B’s.

    The 6-foot-3 wing wore No. 42 during his time with the Devils, and split time between No. 24 and No. 46 during his three-season run with the Avalanche before that. Of those options, No. 42 was the only option for Greer. Greer’s No. 17 worn in the AHL was obviously unavailable, and the No. 26 he wore with Boston University was also unavailable, with that number belonging to Billerica, Mass. native Marc McLaughlin. Not a ton of familiar options, really!

    Greer is coming off a season that included 22 goals and 52 points in 53 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL, and added one goal and one assist in nine NHL appearances with New Jersey.

    He’s the first B’s skater to wear No. 10 since Anders Bjork.

  • Vinni Lettieri: No. 95

    ELMONT, NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Vinni Lettieri #28 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena on March 13, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    ELMONT, NEW YORK – MARCH 13: Vinni Lettieri #28 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena on March 13, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Depth addition Vinni Lettieri will look to make some franchise history in 2022-23, as his No. 95 would be the highest number ever worn by a Bruins player should he appear in an NHL game this season. No. 92, which is currently worn by fourth-line center Tomas Nosek and has been worn by three players in team history, is the current highest iced number in team history.

    Lettieri, who wore No. 28 with the Ducks (that number is currently worn by B’s defenseman Derek Forbort), put up five goals and 10 points in 31 games with Anaheim last season.

  • Fabian Lysell: No. 21

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Fabian Lysell #68 of the Boston Bruins attempts to control the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game 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 attempts to control the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    If you want to read into things — and I know that we all love to do exactly that — the Bruins are giving 2021 first-round pick Fabian Lysell an NHL number for this year’s training camp.

    Lysell, who basically carried the WHL Vancouver Giants last season, has options this season in the sense that he could play in the WHL again or begin his pro career in either Boston or Providence. And there’s no denying his status as the team’s biggest X-factor entering this season.

    This No. 21 comes with Lysell’s normal No. 11 unavailable to him (that’s worn by Trent Frederic), and follows Beecher’s pattern with the player taking his draft year as his number.

    Lysell, who wore No. 68 during his 2021 preseason run with the Black and Gold, will be the first player to wear No. 21 for the Bruins since Nick Ritchie.

  • Pavel Zacha: No. 18

    NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 02: Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on April 02, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – APRIL 02: Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on April 02, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    We went over this one yesterday, but with No. 37 and No. 14 unavailable to him, Pavel Zacha will begin his Bruins career wearing No. 18. Zacha is coming off a career-high 36 points this past season, and scored a career-high 17 goals during the pandemic-delayed 2021 season.

  • Connor Carrick: No. 58

    EDMONTON, AB - SEPTEMBER 28: Kailer Yamamoto #56 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against Connor Carrick #58 of the Seattle Kraken during second period preseason action at Rogers Place on September 28, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

    EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 28: Kailer Yamamoto #56 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against Connor Carrick #58 of the Seattle Kraken during second period preseason action. (Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

    When it comes to his sweater number, defenseman Connor Carrick has followed a relatively simple formula in his playing career: It’s either No. 5, No. 8, or No. 58. And with two of those three numbers hanging from the Garden rafters, Carrick will stick with No. 58 for his B’s tenure.

    A right-shot defender, Carrick put up 10 goals and 32 points in 59 games with the AHL Checkers last season, and has appeared in 247 career NHL games with the Capitals, Maple Leafs, Stars and Devils.

    He will be the first B’s player to wear No. 58 since Urho Vaakanainen. Overall, he’s just the fourth player to wear that number, joining a list with Vaakanainen, Carter Camper, and Kevin Dallman.

  • Kai Wissman: No. 60

    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. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    A 6-foot-4 German defenseman, Kai Wissman will move from No. 6 (unavailable, as it’s worn by Mike Reilly) to No. 60 in his attempted jump from the DEL to the NHL.

    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.

    He would be the first Bruins player to wear No. 60 since Vladimir Sobotka in 2010.

  • Keith Kinkaid: No. 30

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Goalie Keith Kinkaid #71 of the New York Rangers follows the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on March 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 20: Goalie Keith Kinkaid #71 of the New York Rangers follows the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on March 20, 2021. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    The new No. 3 goaltender on the organizational depth chart, Keith Kinkaid will take on No. 30 with the Bruins. The number you associate with Gerry Cheevers or Tim Thomas depending on your age, it’s a number that we actually haven’t seen a player wear for the B’s since backup Chad Johnson wore it for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins back in 2013-14.

    It’s worth noting that all of Kinkaid’s previous NHL numbers were unavailable. The No. 35 he broke into the league with is owned by Linus Ullmark, while the No. 1 he switched to towards the end of his Devils tenure is Jeremy Swayman’s number. The No. 37 that Kinkaid wore with the Canadiens is unavailable thanks to Patrice Bergeron, and even the No. 71 he wore with New York is claimed, as that’s worn by Taylor Hall (and would be worn by Nick Foligno if Hall didn’t get here first).

    Kinkaid stopped 29-of-31 in his lone NHL experience of the 2021-22 season, and put up a 20-14-2 record and .904 save percentage in 37 appearances for AHL Hartford.