Just like every year, the Providence Bruins will try to bring the Calder Cup back to Providence this year. This year seems to be a little different however. The Providence Bruins hype train might just be the highest its ever been coming into a season.
Overload of talent
The Providence Bruins were finally able to finalize their roster after the Boston Bruins made their final roster cuts. With the Bruins going the direction of proven veterans versus young prospects, that left the Providence Bruins loaded with talent. Anders Bjork, Trent Frederic, Zach Senyshyn, and Peter Cehlarik are just four of the names who were arguably good enough to make the NHL roster this year. Instead, they're part of the hype train headed for Calder city. Paul Carey is the captain of the team for the 2019-2020 season. Carey was a 2007 fifth round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche. Carey spent all of last season with the New York Rangers.
Headed into the season, the Providence Bruins have a very well rounded team. Scoring ability, good defense, and physical play make them a threat to any other team in the league.
Off to a good start
The Providence Bruins kicked off their season with a shutout. A 3-0 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Goals from Anders Bjork, assistant captain Brendan Gaunce, and captain Paul Carey were enough to secure the W. Assistant captain Josiah Didier was one of five players with a single assist. Max Legace earned himself the first star of the game after stopping 28 of 28 shots from the Phantoms. Anders Bjork was the only other Bruin to earn a star with his two points.
It took the PBruins an extra period to secure their second W against the Hershey Bears on Sunday night. Forwards Ryan Fitzgerald and Brendan Gaunce were the only two Bruins to light the lamp. Gaunce was able to do so in over time to gave the Bruins the 2-1 victory. Gaunce and Bruins goalie Dan Vladar earned the first and second star. Vladar stopped 21 of 22 shots from the Bears.
Next came the Rochester Americans on Saturday night. Jakub Lauko, Anders Bjork, and Oskar Steen all found the back of the net. Urho Vaakanainen tallied two assists, as well as one apple a piece from Alex Petrovic, and Jeremy Lauzon.
"If you're not failing, you're not learning"
The Bruins suffered their first lost of the season on Sunday night against the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Bruins special team units were the deciding factor for the Bruins. Two powerplay and one short handed goal from the Thunderbirds were enough to be the deciding factor in the 5-2 Bruins defeat.
Anders Bjork was able to secure his team leading third goal and his team leading fourth and fifth points in the loss. Dan Vladar fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Bruins stay on the road all week this upcoming week, with two games against Lehigh Valley and one against the Belleville Senators.