Boston Bruins: Remembering Their Providence Graduates' Best Years in the AHL

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Boston Bruins: Remembering Their Providence Graduates' Best Years in the AHL
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Can rookie center Ryan Spooner make like David Krejci in his transition from the Canadian major juniors to the American Hockey League?

Can goaltender Niklas Svedberg match the first-year impact of his fellow Scandinavian, Tuukka Rask? Is defenseman Kevan Miller the next Adam McQuaid?

That is a sprinkling of legitimate questions worthy of extra attention as the Providence Bruins fill the lockout-induced void among the Boston fanbase.

Presumptive NHL third-liner Jordan Caron’s graduation from the AHL is on indefinite hold as he falls back on the top affiliate for the duration of the lockout. Once normal business resumes at TD Garden, he will presumably be the first player summoned from the minors and take his permanent position in The Show, along with seven others who have smoothly morphed a spoked-P into a spoked-B over the past decade.

Going back to the previous NHL work stoppage, there have been seven other current Bruins players who began by logging substantive seasoning in Providence. Their last touches of pre-NHL development are recounted as follows in chronological order.

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