2. John Beecher
The first and only First-Round pick appearing on this list is John Beecher, who the Bruins selected 30th overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The American-born forward spent his draft eligible season playing for the U.S. National U18 Team where he recorded 15 goals and 43 points in 63 games. The following season, he joined the University of Michigan and is currently in his sophomore season.
His first season in Michigan went just ok, as he scored nine goals and 16 points in 31 games. The highlight of that year was the fact that he was selected to play for Team USA at the 2020 World Juniors, though he didn’t have the greatest showing as he was held pointless at the tournament. Beecher has started the 2020-21 season off slowly, as he has just eight points in 16 games. While it is a bit frustrating that he has not yet excelled at the college level, it is important to remember that he is still just 19-years-old.
The top prospect in the Bruins system is Jack Studnicka, who has been a part of their organization since being selected in the Second-Round (No. 52 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The now 22-year-old had a terrific junior hockey career in the OHL, including his final season in 2018-19 where he scored 24 goals in just 30 games for the Niagara IceDogs after being picked up in a mid-season trade. His great season was enough to have him crack Team Canada at the 2019 World Juniors, where he scored a goal and added three helpers in five games.
The 2019-20 season marked Studnicka’s first as a pro, and it went exceptionally well as both his 23 goals and 49 points in 60 games led Providence in scoring. On top of that, he was also able to suit up for two regular season games with Boston, and an additional five in the Playoffs.
So far in the 2020-21 season he has played in seven NHL games where he has a goal and an assist, and two AHL contests in which he has a single helper. While he may continue to bounce around between the two teams this season, he has a very exciting future and should be able to establish himself as a solid point producer in the NHL sooner than later.