Boston Bruins: Latest News and Notes on Their College, Junior Prospects

Al DanielCorrespondent IINovember 12, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Dougie Hamilton #53 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during a rookie game exhibition at Nassau Coliseum on September 12, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 8-5.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ho hum, Boston Bruins 2011 first-rounder Dougie Hamilton remains the top scorer among Ontario Hockey League defensemen, having sprinkled an assist in each of two games for the Niagara IceDogs this past weekend.

Although, while his NHL debut remains on hold indefinitely, Hamilton should enjoy a little more of a challenge for one evening this Monday. He will join the second installment of Team OHL in Sarnia, Ontario as part of the Canadian Major Junior Super Series with the Russian national junior squad.

One other Bruins first-round choice, Malcolm Subban, has already had his turn in the elite exhibition series. It proved to be the first installment of a triple clip-to-the-chin weekend for Subban, who was hard to blame in any of three losing causes in as many nights.

He got the starting nod for Team OHL in its Thursday night exhibition against Team Russia, who only issued seven shots in Subban's 32 minutes of play. Subban answered each of them before successor Jordan Binnington let two get by and conceded an eventual 2-1 final.

Promptly returning to his normal regimen with the Belleville Bulls on Friday, Subban repelled 35-out-of-36 Kingston Frontenacs shots, but a lack of offensive support authorized a 2-0 loss finalized by an empty netter.

He then salvaged a single point with 38 saves in an eventual 4-3 overtime falter against the visiting Saginaw Spirit.

Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith, who will join their potential Boston ally Hamilton for one night Monday, are in a five-way tie for seventh on the OHL’s goal-getting leaderboard, each having upped their season totals to 14 in Friday night’s action.

Camara tallied an assist on an icebreaker, then slugged home back-to-back power-play conversions, which proved the decider and the insurance in Barrie’s 5-3 triumph over Oshawa.

Meanwhile, Griffith sparked a succession of four unanswered goals to pace his London Knights to a 4-1 win over Sudbury. He subsequently extended his production streak to six and seven with a playmaker hat trick in Plymouth and an assist back home versus Sault Ste. Marie.

Conversely, the Knights’ 5-0 romp of the Whalers was Cody Payne’s third-straight pointless effort and his seventh barren outing in eight tries.

As of this past Friday, the Bruins have another draftee bound for a Beanpot school with current United States Hockey League blueliner Matt Benning announcing his commitment to Northeastern University.

Shortly after that release was made public, Benning proceeded to tally an assist in each of back-to-back victories for his Dubuque Fighting Saints over Muskegon.

Among the current NCAA prospects, Matt Grzelcyk is second among blue line-based producers and in a four-way tie for the lead among freshmen scorers in Hockey East. His two assists helped to spell the difference in Boston University’s 3-1 triumph over Merrimack, and his second goal of the year broke the ice in an eventual 4-2 loss to rival Boston College.

Elsewhere in and around the Hub, Alexander Fallstrom snapped himself and his Harvard Crimson out of a mini-funk when his setup for Marshall Everson set the team off on a 4-0 triumph over Rensselaer Saturday.

Harvard and the other three Eastern College Athletic Conference schools boasting a Bruins prospect currently constitute the middle of the 12-team leaderboard as everybody is now delving deeper into their conference schedule.

Including Fallstrom, all four players with the exception of Cornell’s Brian Ferlin were productive on Saturday, with Ben Sexton and Rob O’Gara each tallying two points one night after their respective Clarkson and Yale teams crossed paths.

Comparatively speaking, on the western college scene, Colton Hargrove and Zane Gothberg each had uneventful weekends.

Gothberg watched and played the role of doorman while colleague Clarke Saunders played each half of North Dakota’s two-night visit to St. Cloud State, while Hargrove was held scoreless, but still partook in a win and a tie for Western Michigan.