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Prospects: Regular Season Review

by Kirk Luedeke / Boston Bruins
The New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke contributes an in-depth feature to the Boston Bruins Prospect report every edition. -- The 2012 NHL playoffs are underway and with that, here is a final quick look at the Boston Bruins prospects under age 25 after the 2011-12 regular season.

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Jamie Arniel, C; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Versatile forward is a fine skater and intelligent two-way player. Minus: Will find it hard to crack Boston’s deep roster of similar talent up front.

Anthony Camara, LW; Saginaw/Barrie (OHL)
Plus: High-energy, hard-nosed forward skates well and was voted the OHL’s Best Body checker in a coaches’ poll. Minus: Does not possess great size or the offensive instincts to be a scoring presence.

Carter Camper, C; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Outstanding hockey sense, passing ability and a good shot propelled him to the Providence scoring lead in his first AHL season. Minus: Average skater and can get overpowered in traffic and along the boards because of his lack of size.

Craig Cunningham, LW; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Versatile winger with good quickness, energy and character. Minus: May not have the offensive upside to be much more than a bottom-six forward at the NHL level.

Brian Ferlin, RW; Cornell University (ECAC)
Plus: Impressive size and skill combination; made an immediate impact in the NCAA, named ECAC Freshman of the Year after eight goals, 21points. Minus: Hit the rookie wall after a hot start and battled injuries down the stretch.

Justin Florek, LW; Providence (AHL), Northern Michigan (CCHA)
Plus: Big-bodied, north-south winger can unleash a heavy shot from the outside and made stunning AHL debut with two goals, four points vs. Manchester. Minus: Needs improvement in first few steps, and not an overly creative player.

Alexander Khokhlachev, C/W; Windsor (OHL)
Plus: Dangerous offensive dynamo who can both set up the play and finish it off with impressive array of moves and excellent hockey sense. Minus: Does not have much size or high-end speed. Saw successful campaign ended by lacerated kidney injury in March, though expected to make a full recovery.

Jared Knight, RW; London (OHL)
Plus: Arguably Boston’s top conditioned prospect with a NHL-ready physique. Honest winger with good hands who drives hard to the net and finishes his checks. Minus: Not a dynamic player in terms of his skill set or playing style.

Lane MacDermid, LW; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Tough, banging winger plays a throwback game. Excellent work ethic; has come a long way since turning pro in 2009. Minus: Limited skill level and NHL upside. Will likely be a fourth-liner with limited minutes.

Tyler Randell, RW; Providence (AHL), Kitchener (OHL)
Plus: Burly winger is an accomplished hitter and fighter with underrated goal-scoring hands. Minus: Sluggish skater who does not have a high NHL ceiling but could establish himself as a bottom two-liner and enforcer-type.

Max Sauve, LW; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Speedy forward has the puck skills and creativity to eventually play a top-two line role at the NHL level. Minus: Has suffered major injuries in each of the last three seasons.

Ryan Spooner, C; Providence (AHL), Kingston/Sarnia (OHL)
Plus: May be Boston’s most talented and dynamic forward prospect—can do it all. Minus: Smallish frame will raise durability questions going forward.

The rest: Zach Hamill, Providence; Mark Goggin, Dartmouth; Ben Sexton, Clarkson; Nick Tremblay, Providence/Clarkson

Matt Bartkowski; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Mobile shutdown defender is also an underrated passer. Minus: Does not have a lot of upside at the NHL level, missed time with injuries this season.

Maxim Chudinov; Cherepovets (KHL)
Plus: Fast, agile and aggressive offensive d-man also plays with an edge. Minus: Lacks height and reach. May stay in Russia given Boston’s NHL depth at the position.

Tommy Cross; Providence (AHL), Boston College (HE)
Plus: The Eagles’ captain led BC to second NCAA title in three years. Good size, character and leadership abilities. Minus: Limited upside at the highest level. Knee injury plagued his early NCAA development and bears watching.

Dougie Hamilton; Niagara (OHL)
Plus: Boston’s top prospect is an exciting mix of size, skill, mobility and smarts. The total package has immense potential after a 72-point season in the OHL. Minus: Could stand to be stronger and more physical given his 6-foot-5 frame.

Torey Krug; Michigan State (CCHA)
Plus: Speed and agility, along with offensive instincts and passion are strong suits and earned former Michigan State captain a couple of big league games with Bruins. Minus: Below average size and strength will pose a challenge at the highest level.

Kevan Miller; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Rugged, smart shutdown defender is hard-as-nails and underrated after strong AHL rookie campaign. Minus: Not an exceptional talent with any real standout tool.

Rob O’Gara; Milton Academy (ISL)
Plus: Mustangs captain named top prep school hockey defenseman in 2012 by the U.S. Hockey Report: an impressive blend of size, skating, hockey sense, and character. Minus: Raw and needing a lot of time to develop; off to Yale in the fall.

Zach Trotman; Providence (AHL), Lake Superior State (CCHA)
Plus: Excellent size and fluid mobility; advances the puck smartly and can run an efficient power play. Minus: Will require considerable AHL seasoning before ready to compete for a spot in Boston.

David Warsofsky; Providence (AHL)
Plus: Very good skater and offensive-minded defender who likes to join the rush. Effective power play point man with a big shot and passing ability. Minus: Lacking in size and explosiveness.

The rest: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Providence; Ryan Button, Providence, Reading; Colby Cohen, Providence
Zane Gothberg; Fargo (USHL)
Plus: Driven, competitive puck stopper and top USHL goalie candidate has good size/athletic ability to develop into a long-term NHL option. Minus: Still addressing holes in technique as he prepares for the NCAA (North Dakota) next year.

Mike Hutchinson; Providence (AHL), Reading (ECHL)
Plus: Butterfly goalie with prototypical size and quickness. Finished the season with a flourish (.927 save percentage) after Anton Khudobin recalled to Boston. Minus: Has a tough chore ahead to try and crack the B’s goalie depth chart.

Adam Morrison; Saskatoon/Vancouver (WHL), Providence (AHL)
Plus: Former 3rd-round pick (Flyers) in ’09 has size and intriguing potential as a big, rangy netminder. Minus: Did not see a lot of WHL starts over course of junior career, so still raw, inexperienced.

Lars Volden; Finland
Plus: Butterfly-style Norwegian was a pleasant surprise at 2011 Bruins development camp with his agility, refined technique and maturity. Minus: Will have to bide time in Europe for the time being.

Kirk Luedeke covers the Boston Bruins and NHL prospects for the New England Hockey Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at: @kluedeke29
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