Re: Questions on the D-corps...
posted at 7/1/2011 12:19 PM EDT
Hamilton is more than likely going back to the Ice Dogs. The Bruins are in a position with five legit NHL defenseman under contract for next year (Chara, Seidenberg, Ferrence, Mcquiad and Boychuck) as well as guys in Providence that can compete for the 6th/7th defenseman roles.
Would Hamilton be better served bulking up his body, playing big minutes next year in Junior in all situations or playing sparingly as a bottom pairing d-man on the Bruins next year with Claude holding him back? I'm going to assume it's the former scenario that the Bruins prefer as it pertains to Hamilton.
The Providence/Prospect crew which includes Kampfer Cohen, Warsofsky, Bartowski, Chudinov, Cross, Button, Alexandrov and Cantin is solid enough but not one of these guys (beyond Hamilton of course) project to be anything more than 4-7 type D-Men.
Of these guys Kampfer, Warsofsky and Bartowski are the most likely candidates to push for Big Club roster spots next year and or to serve as trade bait to bring in a 1-3 type of D-Man at the trade deadline.
Kampfer and Warsofsky are on the smallish side but both skate well and could contribute offensively from the blue line. Bartowski is bigger and more physical. He is a very good open ice hitter. He's not the greatest skater but neither are guys that have similar size and skill sets as him like Boychuck and Mcquaid.
The Russians, Alexandrov has to up his game and improve his strength or he might just go down as another wasted pick. He has the talent and skill to be an NHL defenseman he just hasn't put it all together to date. He will play big minutes in Providence this year and needs to show he is ready to make a significant jump. Chudinov is not on the development camp roster and isn't likely to play in North America this year. He has talent but is undersized and certainly can't be considered an option to play for the Bruins any sooner than 2013 if at all. Unfortunately he and Alexandrov have KHL written all over them.
Cohen and Button will both play big roles in Providence next year. Cohen is a big body that has some offensive upside. Not overly physical for his size though. Button skates extremely well and would have to be considered more of an offensive d-man than a shut down one. Both players should play in the NHL at some point whether it be for the Bruins or another organization.
Cross is a jack of all trades type of d-man. He's got size but is not overly physical. He's not a great skater but not a terrible one either. He does have some offense to his game. Injuries more than anything else have stunted his development. It's possible Cross plays for the Providence Bruins next year but more than likely returns to Boston College for his junior year and joins the P-B's at the end of year.
Cantin is more of a stay at home guy. Went un-drafted and played as an overage player in Juniors last year for Mississauga. Could be a 5/6 d-man type in a couple of years if he develops.
All the other d-men in the Bruins organization at the AHL/Junior level probably aren't worth discussing.