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Gabrielle Joins Providence; College Season Wraps Up

Juniors playoffs ramping up

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / - Bruins fans have witnessed firsthand the immediate impact prospects can have on the NHL team, given the stellar play of defenseman Brandon Carlo and recent signings of Boston University products Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Charlie McAvoy.

Ten players made their Bruins debuts this season, while many more are knocking at the door given their success at the junior and amateur levels. Here's a look at what some of them were up to over the weekend.

Gabrielle Joins Providence

Jesse Gabrielle has finished his junior season with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League and has reported to the Providence Bruins.

The 19-year-old forward from Saskatoon, signed to a three-year entry-level contract in December, tallied 64 points in 61 games with Prince George. His 35 goals led the team, amassing a plus/minus rating of plus-18 in the process.

The Bruins fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft played in six games during the WHL playoffs, notching a goal and two assists.

Gabrielle is known for his power-forward tendencies - playing physical and being persistent on the forecheck. He notched 88 penalty minutes this season.

Prospects' Postseasons in Full Swing

While the Bruins are prepping for their first-round matchup against the Ottawa Senators, a bevy of Bruins prospects are also bearing down for their postseason grinds.

  • Zach Senyshyn has been a spark plug for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds all season, scoring 42 goals in just 59 games.The 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has three goals and an assist in the Greyhounds eight playoff games, helping them win their first playoff series and take a 2-1 series lead over the Owen Sound Attack in the second round.
  • Jack Becker, a Bruins seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is gearing up for the United States Hockey League Quarterfinals with the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Minnesota native scored 16 goals and added 12 assists in 49 games this season.
  • Jeremy Lauzon's six points (three goals and three assists) in six games during the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies' first-round matchup against the Halifax Mooseheads played a key role in advancing his team further into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League postseason. Lauzon, a second-round pick of the Bruins during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, showed no signs of slowing down, adding two assists in a 6-2 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday.
  • Jakub Zboril, who collected nine goals an 32 assists from the blue line with the Saint John's Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, has helped his team reach the second round of the postseason. The 13th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has a goal and an assist in four games thus far.

College Prospects Wrap Things Up

The NCAA's Frozen Four took place last Thursday and Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. While none of the participating Bruins prospects were able to take home the title, Boston was well represented in the big dance.

Anders Bjork and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to the eventual champion University of Denver in the national semifinals on Thursday night. Bjork finished the season with 52 points (21 goals and 31 assists) in 39 games, and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award as college hockey's top player.

Harvard forward Ryan Donato and defenseman Wiley Sherman also made a run to the national semifinals where they were cut down in a tight 2-1 contest against Minnesota-Duluth.

Donato, the Bruins' second round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft finished his NCAA season with 40 points (21 goals and 19 assists) in 36 games with a plus-25 rating. Sherman had 13 assists, with a plus-19 rating, in 36 games this season.

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