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Bjork named to Team USA for World Championship

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - With a number of injuries on the blueline for the Bruins, fans have been quickly introduced to former Boston University standout Charlie McAvoy, who has logged major minutes in Boston's first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Ottawa Senators.

The 19-year-old defenseman was considered a prospect just ten days ago, but is now starring under hockey's brightest lights.

Many other future Bruins are in the pipeline, and may not be far from following in McAvoy's footsteps. Check out what they have been up to:

PROVIDENCE BACK IN AHL PLAYOFFS

TD Garden will not be the only venue Bruins fans can watch some playoff hockey this spring.

The Providence Bruins are back in the Calder Cup Playoffs, preparing for their first round, best-of-five game series with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

A good portion of the Providence roster has seen time in Boston this season, creating familiarity between Bruins fans and the AHL-affiliate.

Seven players currently on the AHL roster (Danton Heinen, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Matt Grzelcyk, Rob O' Gara, and Zane McIntyre) skated in NHL games with Boston.

McIntyre, who spent the year jumping between Boston and Providence, has had a stellar AHL season to date, posting a 21-6-2 record in 31 games, a 2.03 goals against average (ranks second in the AHL), and a .930 save percentage (best in the AHL).

Forward Jake DeBrusk has become acclimated with professional hockey quite nicely in his first AHL season. The Bruins' 14th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft ranked second on the team with 49 points (19 goals and 30 assists) in 74 games this season, while posting a plus-11 rating.

The P-Bruins will host Games 1 and 2 of their playoff series on Friday, April 21 (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday, April 23 (3:05 p.m.) at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

If necessary, Providence will host the deciding Game 5 of the series on Sunday, April 30 (3:05 p.m.).

BJORK MAKES U.S. NATIONAL TEAM

Coming off a stellar junior campaign in which he was nominated as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Notre Dame forward Anders Bjork has been named to the United States men's national team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship in France and Germany in May.

The Bruins fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft notched 21 goals and 31 assists in 39 games for the Fighting Irish this season.

Bjork, who was an alternate captain for Notre Dame, led his team to the Frozen Four in Chicago, where they lost in their national semifinal game to the University of Denver.

The Mequon, Wisconsin, native has had success on the national level in the past, scoring two goals in seven games en route to winning a gold medal in the 2014 U-18 World Junior Championship.

JUNIORS PROSPECTS SHINE IN PLAYOFFS

Jeremy Lauzon has been piping hot for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies during their playoff run. The blueliner has tallied 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 12 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff games.

Lauzon, the Bruins second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is looking to help lead his team past the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in Game 7 of their quarterfinal series on Tuesday night.

Jakub Zboril has played steady minutes for the Saint John's Sea Dogs in their playoff season thus far. Zboril, the Bruins 13th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, logged one assist and a plus-4 rating in Saint John's four-game sweep of the Val-D'Or Foreurs in their quarterfinal series.

Zach Senyshyn's season came to an end when the Soo Greyhounds dropped their second-round series in six games over the weekend. Senyshyn, the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, had four goals and an assist in 11 postseason games. In the regular season, the 20-year-old notched 42 goals and 23 helpers in 59 games.

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