While the prospect pool might seem really good to some, its known around the league to be rather shallow. The top of the pool is legit, but once you move towards the middle, the gap between the middle of the Bruins pool, and the middle of the prospect pool for other teams around the league, the Bruins aren't exactly at the top of the food chain.
Why the struggle?
The struggle to bring in homegrown talent for the Bruins is happening for a number of reasons. One, because they haven't exactly hit too many home runs as far as draft picks. A big part of building a strong farm system is being able to make solid draft picks throughout the whole draft. The Bruins have had a few questionable picks, as well as a couple of players who haven't quite turned out. This just means that in order for the Bruins to rebuild the farm system, they need to hunker down and scout good enough to know that the players brought into the organization will someday make an impact. As well as making sure that any time there is an opportunity to bring in talent, they do so.
Who's the diamond?
Center Samuel Asselin was drafted by the Shawinigan Cataracets in the fifth round of the 2014 QMJHL entry draft. From there he played seven total seasons in the QMJHL. Four total seasons with the Cataracets, one season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, a season with the Halifax Mooseheads, and then one more season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. In his best season in the QMJHL, Asselin had 48 goals and 38 assists, 86 total points in 68 games with Halifax during the 2018-2019 season. Asselin is a natural goal scorer. Whether it be a shot, or a tip in, if there is a goal scored, there's a good chance that Asselin was in on the play.
After Asselin's second stint with Acadie-Bathurst Titans, he was invited to the Boston Bruins training camp in September of 2019. After a successful camp with the Bruins organization, Asselin signed an amateur contract and he was sent down the the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators. Asselin has been called up to Providence for one five game stint already this year, where it he did see some success. During his five games in Providence, Asselin posted three assists. While those numbers are not exactly jaw dropping, his numbers in Atlanta are a little more likely to catch your eye.
In 30 games played in Atlanta, Asselin has accounted for 15 goals and 14 assists. The near point per game average has raised some eyebrows in the Bruins front office. Samuels 15 goals puts him at 24th in the league in goals, with most of the players above him having played in more like 35-40 games so far this year. That puts Asselin right at the top of the league as far as point production.
Although he was drafted in 2014, Samuel Asselin is still 21 years old. The youth, and the inexperience at the pro level, will add some time ahead of Asselin before he gets to Providence full time, or even sees the ice in Boston. Another thing that might hinder Asselin is yet again the fact that he's a natural center. The Bruins most logjammed position. With names like Trent Frederic and Jack Studnicka knocking on Boston's door, there's a chance that we might see Asselin called up to Providence full time if a name or two or three can make the jump to the NHL roster. If not, it might take a trade or two to free up a roster spot. But don't be surprised of Asselin is the next guy to get the call up to Providence.
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