Boston Bruins: Previewing the Providence Forwards for 2012-13

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Boston Bruins: Previewing the Providence Forwards for 2012-13
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The headline for a July feature on the Boston Bruins’ website―“Augmenting the Pipeline”―impeccably summed up a series of offseason moves.

Starting this Friday, exactly three months to the date of that story, those moves will undergo their first round of tests with the Providence Bruins. Presumptive new faces on the nightly game roster include two ex-Hershey Bears converting to a new ursine crest and a pair of 2010 second-round draft picks fresh off prolific major junior careers.

At least until they get a crack at the parent club if and when the NHL lockout ends, those four figure to be called upon to join a series of returnees and grant Providence a more searing strike force than in recent years. A few others are bound to make their share of trips through the revolving AHL/ECHL door.

Based on the team’s original training camp roster and the first round of reassignments to the South Carolina Stingrays, the 16 P-Bruins forwards likely to see the most action in 2012-13 are evaluated as follows.

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