5 Boston Bruins players to watch out for this season

We all know major changes have taken place at the Bruins for the new season which is a clear indication that the team is looking for a new direction and most believe youth going to play a big role. While some of the veterans will still play an important role the spotlight is going to be on the young guns for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

So today we take a look at the 5 brightest Boston Bruins prospects the fans should be excited about this season.

Austin Czarnik

Austin Czarnik

This is one player that has been making huge waves throughout the AHL with his dazzling performances and nearly made his debut in 2015 and is one of the brightest prospects for fans to get excited about.

He scored a total of 60 points in 2015 and never backs down from a challenge and is the perfect utility player that can plan either in the center or the fourth line.

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Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

This player from Rhode Island gave a good account of his talents when given a chance towards the end of the previous season. Though there’s room for improvement in the attacking play his ability to read the play, fearlessness and ability to challenge even the biggest of opponents surely caught an eye.

To be a hit this season he’ll only need to show the same desire, work ethic and mental & physical fitness from last season on a more consistent basis.

Brandon Carlo

brandon carlo

At 6ft 5 inches this guy is definitely going to be a force to reckon with is the near future and performed exceptionally well in the AHL playoffs last season. He’s quick, aggressive and understands the game well.

Another superstar in the making that is more likely to only feature in the AHL this season but expect him in the big league soon enough.

Malcolm Subban

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 27: Malcolm Subban of the Boston Bruins poses for an NHLPA Be A Player portrait at the Mastercard Centre on August 27, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)

If it wasn’t for a fractured Larynx this young kid would have surely left a bigger impact last season.  Though he’s more likely to feature only as a backup this season having such a young and talented goalie wait in the wings is a problem a coach loves.

Though he’ll need time to get back into the right shape once again the team surely must give him a good run in to showcase his talent.

Danton Heinen

April 20, 2014: Boston Bruins' Justin Florek (57). The Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 2 of the First Round 2014 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

At just 20 years of age this forward player surely has age on his side and joined the bruins in 2014. He’s also quite good at the wings so expect to see him in action at some point. He showcased his raw talent in the AHL games last season ending up with a goal and an assist.

Spending some more time in the AHL this season will do him wonders and whether he features or not this year for bruins hinges on his performance in the pre-season.

Have your say on the players listed here and who you think will have the biggest impact come the season.

Dot Pot street hockey: Hockey to make a difference

dot pot

Started by a trio of 19 year olds namely Eamon Baker, Mairead and Colin the Dot Pot street hockey tournament is out to make a difference in the lives of the Dorchester residents. The tournament was first started a year ago in the memory of Michael Baker, a member of the Boston Police department and has gathered attention of the people from around town resulting is a really successful first year.

The aim of the tournament is to generate funds for any local issue and the locals are quite pleased there’s someone around to take care of them and their loved ones in case of a disaster. This year’s tournament was planned by the 3 brothers after school who are hoping to turn it into a tradition in the coming years.

The idea came to them while skating in the Garvey Park, the same park where the tournament has been held for the last couple of years and so far it has been a major game changer for the community.


Michael Baker committed suicide and shockwaves were felt around the whole community and soon his sister was diagnosed with colon cancer. This series of incidents sprung them into action.

In 2015 they helped out a cancer patient and though she did not survive the family are quite supportive of the whole tournament and want to play their part in helping the neighborhood.

The tournament this year like last year began with a traditional puck drop which was greeted with huge cheers by the spectators. It gave the whole community a reason to move out, spend time with their friends and family, make the most of the pleasant weather, watch a great game of hockey but more importantly to lend a hand in the cause and show their support.


Yes it’s going to be hard for the Baker family to move on but the tournament is much needed relief. It takes place on Sundays and sponsors this year are well over 65 both corporate and families included. So make sure you grab on to one of the t-shirts, raffle or make a small donation. The tournament is expected to generate $15000 this year round.

In an interview the trio said they could barely believe the tournament would become so popular and gather such support but they also pointed out how people in Dorchester are helpful and the response shouldn’t be surprising.

Let us know in the comments section what you feel about the tournament and how you think it can be taken to the next level.

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