In a year without your beloved Bruins, the JV team isn’t making things any easier. One month into the AHL season, the Providence Bruins are staring at a 4-6-1 record, and a moldy basement room in the chilly Atlantic Division.
A struggling team without much name recognition won’t do much for hockey hungry B’s fans. Adding to the misery, a majority of the team is already in the defensive doghouse with pathetic plus/minus numbers. Former Michigan State stalwart Torey Krug is the biggest offender with a negative 8. Not a great start for a guy with big entry level contract.
Still, there are a few bright spots. Ryan Spooner and Chris Bourque are leading the team with solid point totals, each notching 6 assists so far. Maxime Suave and Jordan Caron have both lit the lamp four times. The brightest star of them all? Goaltender Niklas Svedberg. The Svedish Svedsation is 4-2-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a shutout to boot. Hard to believe he’s number 3 (4th if you count Thomas) on the B’s depth chart.
Hopefully Providence can take a page out of Boston’s 2010-11′ playbook and turn things around between now and the New Year.