From Kevan Miller on November 21 to Alexander Khokhlachev on April 13, the Boston Bruins dressed eight players for their first NHL regular-season game in 2013-14. The other six debutants were Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Matt Lindblad, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.
That made for the most individual NHL career icebreakers in a single Bruins season since 2005-06. Since the start of the Claude Julien era, the team has given 34 players their big break-in day for an average of almost five per year.
Fresh first-round draft pick David Pastrnak’s performance at this month’s development camp has spawned speculation that he could earn a spot this autumn. Caution is advisable on that front due to his late-round status, current lack of size and general modicum of familiarity with the system.
Conversely, there are four other skaters and one goaltender with at least one full season in Providence to their credit and a contract running through at least the coming campaign.
Assuming they escape the trade winds and stay in the organization, they ought to return to Rhode Island in September. But if they retain, let alone accelerate, the current pace of their development, then there should be a window for them to partake in at least one of Boston’s 82 regular-season tilts.
Pastrnak or not, the following five established members of the pipeline are the prime candidates to hatch their games-played goose-eggs with the Spoked-Bs.
Unless otherwise indicated all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com.