The Providence Bruins will kick off their season on Friday against the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara won't be suiting up in Rhode Island, but several future pieces of the big club will be doing so.
Ryan Spooner, who the Bruins took in the second round of the 2010 NHL draft, played for the Kingston Frontenacs and the Sarnia Sting, both of the OHL, as well as Providence last season. In 62 combined games, Spooner scored 30 goals, racked up 40 assists and totaled 70 points. Spooner appeared in just three games with the Bruins in 2010-11, but did score twice during that span.
Jared Knight is another second-round pick from the Bruins' 2010 draft class, playing all of last season with the London Knights of the OHL. He averaged one point per game in 52 games with the Knights, scoring 26 times and registering 26 assists. Knight had two assists in three games with Providence in 2010-11.
Chris Bourque, the son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, was traded to Boston in May after completing a career year with the Hershey Bears. In 73 games with the Bears, he scored 27 goals and had 66 assists to lead the league with a 93 total points, a career-high. He has totaled at least 70 points in each of the last three seasons with Hershey.
Jordan Caron should be a familiar name to Bruins fans, as he's spent some time with Boston over the last two seasons. Last season, Caron played in 48 games with the B's, scoring seven times and tallying eight assists for 15 points. A year earlier, he played in 23 games with the club, totaling seven points.
With these four players primed to make an impact in Providence this season, who are you most excited to watch develop into a future NHLer?