Boston Bruins Prospect Journal – Future Call-up Edition
Peter Cehlarik – The 21-year-old winger (LW/RW) has been skating at right wing alongside JFK and Kenny Agostino. He has been a shining star for the Providence Bruins early on with 2G, 3A, and 5PTS in his first three games. Showcasing his strong two-way ability and excellent hands & vision, Cehlarik wont be in Providence much longer. Amongst the wingers in Providence, Cehlarik is by far the most NHL ready. He can slot into any wing position in the top-9 and provides top-6 forward upside.
Jacob Forsbacka-Karlson – Along with Agostino & Cehlarik, young JFK has been on fire as the top line center for those two wingers through three games. JFK was expected to make the Bruins as the third-line center out of training camp but the team opted to send him down to Providence instead. I don’t think that had anything to do with his readiness or development, but rather for the sake of giving Ryan Spooner another chance to prove his worth. Now that Spooner is sidelined for the next month or so, JFK could be seeing a call up rather soon. He’s as NHL ready as anyone else in the system, and has strong two-way play that has been compared to that of a young Patrice Bergeron. Obviously I’m not saying JFK is the equivalent of Bergeron, but instead how they play a similar style of hockey. The Bruins could use JFK on their third-line for sure, but he will remain at the top of the query until then.
Danton Heinen – A player whom I admit, has been at the top of my “NHL Ready” list for a while now. He’s played one game for Providence this season has one assist. However, he has played three games for Boston and racked up 3 assists during his short stint with the big club. Heinen is a 22 year-old standout who has played two season at U. Denver where he posted a 45 point season followed by a 48 point season. He started off a bit slow last year in Providence, but finished strong with 44 points in his first professional season. Head coach Bruce Cassidy had him slated on the fourth-line and while that might not be the best fit for him, he didn’t look out of place at all. The former center turned right-wing is NHL ready and would be best suited in the lineup. The only problem is that between Cehlarik, Agostino and Heinen, it creates a log-jam that Don Sweeney will have to deal with at some point.
Rob O’Gara – The most NHL ready defensive prospect the Bruins have in the system. O’Gara stands a 6-foot-4 and skates very, very well. It’s not easy to be his size and height but still skate like a mobile, modern defensemen. Currently playing his off-side (he’s an LHD) in Providence, that allows former 13th overall draft pick, Jakub Zboril to skate on his natural side in a top-4 role. O’Gara is ready to go and can provide some good upside in that bottom-pair role for the Bruins. Given that McQuaid is out for what is expected to be 8-weeks, I expect O’Gara to be called-up soon, that way he can slot into the left-side of the third-pair, allowing Kevan Miller to slide back into his natural position on the right-side.