Boston Bruins: Weekend Preview for Their College, Junior Prospects

Al DanielCorrespondent IINovember 7, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13:  Boston Bruins fans wave a flag with the Bruins logo on it prior to Game Six between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Four of the five Bruins' prospects currently based in the OHL will represent their league against fellow Boston draftee Alexander Khokhlachev’s Russian junior team in one of two games sandwiching the calendar weekend.

Goaltender Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls is on the Team OHL roster for Thursday night’s exhibition in Guelph. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forwards Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith will all unite in Sarnia this Monday, Nov. 12.

Khokhlachev’s Russians, who boast two of Subban’s fellow 2012 first-round NHL draftees in Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, have already thrashed a conglomeration of Quebec Leaguers, 6-2, this past Monday.

It is uncertain whether or not Subban will be available on Friday when his Bulls visit Kingston, but the four skaters in the Bruins' system will engage in OHL action. Cody Payne and the Plymouth Whalers host Khokhlachev’s old friends from Windsor, Griffith’s London Knights are home versus Sudbury and Hamilton and Camara are on the road in Mississauga and Oshawa, respectively.

With or without their Super Series ambassadors, all five teams bearing a budding Bruin will be in action again on Saturday, highlighted by Payne’s Whalers hosting Griffith’s Knights. Griffith previously posted a 1-2-3 scoring log, rendering Payne’s assist moot when London throttled Plymouth, 4-1, on Oct. 12.

If he does not make it back from Guelph and return to his normal regimen by Friday or Saturday, Subban will certainly be ready to backstop the Bulls again when they drop in on the Ottawa 67's Sunday afternoon. Griffith will likely have taken off for his All-Star engagement while London engages the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Closer to home, Ben Sexton will cross paths with Rob O’Gara when Clarkson visits Yale in ECAC action this Friday. The Golden Knights subsequently visit Brown on Saturday while Yale stays home to host St. Lawrence.

Like Sexton, Brian Ferlin is on a two-night, two-campus road trip with Cornell, bound for Princeton and Quinnipiac. Like O’Gara, Alex Fallstrom is staying put with his Harvard Crimson with Union and RPI each dropping in for their lone visits to Cambridge this season.

Freshman blueliner Matt Grzelcyk of Boston University has his first sip of the Green Line Rivalry on tap for Sunday when the Terriers host the defending conference and national champion BC Eagles. That will end a string of four straight away games set to conclude with an excursion to Merrimack on Friday.

Zane Gothberg, who dropped to 1-1-0 at the hands of BU last Saturday, may have a chance to rebound when his North Dakota team pays a two-night visit to St. Cloud State. Fellow freshman Colton Hargrove of Western Michigan will try to perk back up from a quiet weekend when his Western Michigan Broncos conduct a home-and-home with Bowling Green.

A less conventional home-and-home continues this weekend with Matt Benning and the Dubuque Fighting Saints hosting the Muskegon Lumberjacks for two nights in USHL action. Muskegon snapped the Saints’ season-long unbeaten streak last Saturday, pulling to within two points of first place in the Eastern Conference.