Corey Pronman of The Athletic takes time every summer to rank each pipeline for the NHL. Pronman has the Boston Bruins ranked 29th this year in the initial rankings.
They were ranked No. 23 last August.
The system looks at only players under 23 and also doesn’t value players overseas as much as players playing for Providence Bruins.
The lowly rank of 29th is mostly for the Bruins not having an overly deep system. First round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Fabian Lysell, looks to be a dynamic option for the offense. Jack Studnicka looks to be decent at the pro level and Jeremy Swayman just posted an excellent 2020-2021 campaign.
“The Bruins system is not overly deep, but there are players you can see helping the team,” wrote Pronman. “Fabian Lysell is a dynamic offensive player, Jack Studnicka has shown well as a pro, John Beecher you can easily see being a bull in a bottom-six and Jeremy Swayman had an excellent season. This pipeline lacks top echelon prospects, which is understandable given the Bruins’ draft slots in recent years, but there are certainly some NHL players on the way.”
Bruins fans obviously don’t want the team to miss the playoffs, but if GM Don Sweeney doesn’t start to look into the future we could see seasons where we don’t witness playoff hockey.
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