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Under-the-radar players at Bruins training camp

Under-the-radar players at Bruins training camp

Three months after coming up one game shy in their quest to hoist the Stanley Cup, the Bruins are back together to start a new campaign as training camp opens on Thursday.

Most of the usual suspects are back for the 2019-20 campaign, though Marcus Johansson signed a two-year deal with the Sabres. Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo remain unsigned as restricted free agents, so their status is a big storyline as camp opens.

And while much of the focus will be on the team's key players, there's room for players to surprise and steal an unexpected roster spot based on their performance over the next few weeks.

From prospects to free agent signings, Joe Haggerty shines a spotlight on some less-heralded players that bear watching during camp.

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Bruins' rookie roster includes Anders Bjork, Urho Vaakanainen, Jack Studnicka

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Bruins' rookie roster includes Anders Bjork, Urho Vaakanainen, Jack Studnicka

The Bruins will kick off their rookie training camp on Thursday and now they have an official rookie roster for their upcoming Prospects Challenge tournament as well.

The B’s will have top prospects like Jack Studnicka and Jakub Lauko on their rookie roster as well as youngsters with NHL experience like Anders Bork and Urho Vaakanainen who could potentially play major roles for the Black and Gold this season. Here is the entire rookie roster headed to Buffalo this weekend:

Forwards: Samuel Asselin, Anders Bjork, Scott Conway, Trent Frederic, Jacob Gaucher, Dante Hannoun, Cameron Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Robert Lantosi, Jakub Lauko, Tom Marchin, Pavel Shen, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Alex-Olivier Voyer

Defensemen: Axel Andersson, Max Martin, Riley McCourt, Andrew Perrott, Jordan Sambrook, Wiley Sherman, Alexey Solovyev, Urho Vaakanainen, Cooper Zech

Goaltenders: Taylor Gauthier, Kyle Keyser, Dan Vladar

Gauthier, Martin, McCourt, Perrott, Sambrook, Gaucher, Hannoun and Voyer will all be free agent invites to the camp. A guy with 50 games of NHL experience like Bjork will be one to watch in this rookie tournament as the Bruins are clearly looking to get him a running start after last season was cut short with shoulder surgery for the second straight year.

It also wouldn’t hurt if Bjork could forge some chemistry with a youngster like Jack Studnicka in what could be potential third-line candidates during training camp.

The Bruins' rookies will compete against the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils' rookies in the round-robin prospects challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which is being held entirely at the Buffalo Sabres home at the HarborCenter.

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Taking stock of the Bruins top prospects ahead of 2019 NHL Draft

Taking stock of the Bruins top prospects ahead of 2019 NHL Draft

The 2019 NHL Draft is now here, and the Boston Bruins will get a chance to add to their young prospect core with the 30th overall pick in the draft. The team has quite a few possibilities with it, but they also have some depth in the organization.

Ahead of the draft, here's a run-down of the top prospects in the Bruins organization and where they are in their respective developments.

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