This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
As part of our continued prospect coverage to begin the upcoming 2017-18 season, this piece breaks down the prospect pools of each team in the Atlantic Division. If a player has a number next to his name, it is his overall ranking on the top-200 list heading into the year.
(Note: players with 25 games or more of NHL regular season experience are not eligible for list.)
1. Charlie McAvoy - D, Boston University-NCAA (12)
2. Zachary Senyshyn - F, Sault Ste. Marie-OHL (24)
3. Jake DeBrusk - F, Providence-AHL (78)
4. Anders Bjork - F, Notre Dame-NCAA (87)
5. Trent Frederic - F, University of Wisconsin-NCAA (92)
6. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson - F, Boston University-NCAA (99)
7. Urho Vaakanainen - D, JYP-Finland (131)
8. Jakub Zboril - D, Saint John-QMJHL (141)
9. Ryan Donato - F, Harvard-NCAA (155)
10. Malcolm Subban - G, Providence-AHL (162)
Sleeper: Joona Koppanen - F, Ilves Jr.- Finland
Overview: The Bruins system is light in regards to goaltending depth, but heavy everywhere else. Their forward group features a mix of high-end talent and guys who should develop into useful role players. Legitimate defensive prospects like Ryan Lindgren and Matt Grzelczyk aren't listed here.
Vaakanainen has a good chance of developing into a useful two-way defender at the NHL level. It will be interesting to see if he can add a bit more offense to his game this year in Finland. Perhaps he was just exhausted at the end of a long season, but Zboril's play at the