Boston Bruins: Top 8 prospects worth getting excited about

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4. Curtis Hall

Though he is just one game into his professional career, it looks like the Bruins may have found a mid-round gem in Curtis Hall who they selected in the Fourth-Round (No. 119 overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, Hall didn’t seem to be the most exciting pick given that he had just 31 points in 54 USHL games with the Youngstown Phantoms. The very next season saw him play as a freshman for Yale University where he once again didn’t impress many, managing just 11 points in 24 contests.

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While there wasn’t much excitement around Hall at the time, that all changed during his sophomore season with Yale. By the time the year had come to an end, the now 20-year-old led his team with 17 goals and 27 points in 28 contests. Thanks to the outstanding season, he was able to sign a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins and is currently playing in Providence. He will be an exciting player to keep tabs on this season as he not only offensive skill but size, as he is listed at six-foot-three, 197 pounds.

3. Jeremy Swayman

The other fantastic goalie prospect the Boston Bruins have in their system is Jeremy Swayman, who they took in the Fourth-Round (No. 111 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Alaskan-born goaltender had a solid season with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL during his draft eligible season, but it is his three seasons since with the University of Maine that really got people talking about him.

The 2019-20 season, which was his junior year, was the best of Swayman’s college career, as he posted a 2.07 GAA along with a .939 SV% in 34 games played. Those numbers were good enough to have himself named as a Hobey Baker Award finalist, as well as sign a three-year, Entry-Level contract. As a result, he is now in the AHL with Providence and doesn’t seem to be having any problem adjusting to the professional game, as through three starts he has a perfect 3-0-0 record along with a 2.00 GAA and a .928 SV%. The future looks very bright for the 22-year-old.