Bruins development camp began on Tuesday with excitement as 27 players attended with the goal of potentially getting a roster spot for the big club. Among the group of prospects are five players that I believe are the most important to follow.
Jake Debrusk: The fourteenth overall pick had a rough year following his selection as a horrific testicular injury slowed his progress. He is a very talented offensive player that could and should be a fixture in the Boston lineup in 3 or 4 years. He’s not a big guy but is a good skater. Could potentially become a David Pastrnak-type offensive gamebreaker. Currently plays for Red Deer Rebels in the WHL.
Malcolm Subban: Younger brother to P.K. Subban. At this point was expected to be up with the Bruins already, injury to his larynx last season definitely slowed his progress. With the B’s signing Anton Khuodobin it looks like Subban will again be the starter in Providence barring a Tuukka Rask trade. The signing also at least to me says that the B’s might be losing confidence in him but hopefully he gets a little more playing time to prove what he’s got.
Charlie McAvoy: The Bruins most recent draft pick out of Boston University has great potential and the ability to help out very soon. Not a big guy but he skates almost as well as a forward and has drawn comparisons to P.K. Subban in terms of his offensive ability. Their are some worries about his defensive game but that will improve with more seasoning at BU under coach David Quinn. Look for McAvoy to have a big year on what will be a stacked Terriers team.
Brandon Carlo: This is the guy the Bruins are hoping to be ready to play for the NHL club as soon as possible. Obviously they need to show some restraint as one of their problems last season was throwing defensemen into roles they weren’t ready for. Carlo is a big body that one day could draw comparisons to Big Z, but right now the best thing for him is to continue to improve and join the team in-season if someone gets injured. He’s still learning to play well in his own end and it should get better. Look for him to be one of the first players the B’s call up to the big club during the season.
Jakub Zboril: Another first round pick, this one from 2015 who has a lot of potential defensively. Zboril has a good body and should develop into a solid defenseman once he reaches the NHL. The Bruins are looking for him to have a solid development camp and another good year for his QMJHL team, the Saint John Sea Dogs. He probably won’t make the jump to the league anytime soon but his progress will be important and hopefully he develops into the player the Bruins hope he can be.