With so many young faces now entering the Bruins roster, a major question becomes who will make the roster? The usual superstars are obviously locked in with their spots, but the young guns have to prove that they belong in the big leagues. In this series we will be taking a closer look at who will make the roster, and who will be sent down to the minors. Today lets take a close look at who will be wearing a Bruins uniform come regular season time this year.
1. Joe Morrow
As most Bruin fans know, the B’s are stacked at the blue-line positions. There is no question that the B’s are one of the best, if not the best defensive team in the NHL, and simply don’t have an opening at the moment for anyone. Morrow, just like Hamilton, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Where Morrow needs to make the most adjustments is in his own zone, as he is fundamentally sound on the offensive end. Don’t be surprised to see Morrow in the line-up in case of an injury emergency.
2. Ryan Spooner
One thing is certain, Spooner is absolutely ready to be in the NHL, no question about it. The biggest problem that presents itself is this, Bergeron, Kelly, Soderberg, Campbell, and Krejci are all in front of him on the depth chart. Those are hard players to surpass, and it would take an absolute collapse from one of these players to snag a spot from them. If he could learn to play the right-wing spot quickly, then I definitely don’t see a problem with him making the roster, if not then he will find himself in the AHL once again.
3. Chad Johnson
With the Bruins losing backup goaltender Anton Khudobin, there is a real need for a backup. There are a few options that the B’s could take, but Chad Johnson seems to be one of the better options to take. Last year, Johnson had only four starts for the Phoenix Coyotes, but posted an impressive .954 save percentage, along with a 2-0-2 record in the books. The other reason that Johnson will probably be given the nod is because at this moment he cost around $400,000 less than superstar minor Niklas Svedberg. Look for Chad Johnson to be Tuukka Rask backup this upcoming season.
The Bruins front office has a lot of decisions to make before this upcoming season. It’s never a bad thing however, if a team has a hard time deciding who stays up, and who goes down. I’m sure every team in the NHL would love to have the chance to have that problem; especially with there being so many teams that struggle just to fill their rosters with good talent. At the end of all conversations though, the Bruins should be a title contender going into this season. Look for edition number two of this series coming soon!