Providence Bruins Prospects To Watch Out For Next Year With The Bruins

Austin Sabourin
June 4, 2023  (4:20 PM)

The Boston Bruins are heading into an offseason filled with challenges. They have limited cap space and the possibility of losing key free agents. To address these gaps in their roster, they are looking to their young talent pool for support. The AHL's Providence Bruins had a fantastic regular season, finishing at the top of the Atlantic Division. Although they fell short in the Calder Cup Playoffs, a few standout players have caught the eye and might have what it takes to make it to the NHL next season, based on their impressive performances in the AHL.

One player worth keeping an eye on is Johnny Beecher. He was a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and had a productive season with Providence. Beecher, a 22-year-old forward, still has two years remaining on his entry-level contract. Known for his size and skills as a bottom-six forward and penalty killer, Beecher could be a suitable replacement if Tomas Nosek leaves the team.
Georgii Merkulov, an undrafted free agent from Ohio State University, is another player who could make the jump to the NHL. He led Providence in points and goals, showcasing his offensive abilities. If Merkulov can improve his defensive game, he stands a good chance of earning a spot on the Boston Bruins' roster next season.
Marc McLaughlin, although having limited NHL experience, could find himself in Boston if he performs well during training camp. The forward has shown promise with 13 goals and 17 assists in Providence. As a restricted free agent, the Bruins have control over his rights and are likely to sign him to a new contract.
On the defensive side, Mason Lohrei, a left-handed defenseman, could take advantage of the Bruins' changing defensive lineup. With an entry-level contract and impressive performances at Ohio State, Lohrei has received praise as an NHL-caliber player who could make a difference in Boston.
While the Bruins already have strong goaltending, Brandon Bussi's exceptional rookie season in Providence presents a potential backup option. Bussi was named an AHL All-Star and boasts an impressive record and save percentage. Given his restricted free agent status, it is unlikely that the Bruins and Bussi will part ways, making him a valuable asset in the team's goaltending rotation.
Source: Blackngoldhockey
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