Farm Fresh: Baby B’s Slow to Start


Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

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.