Rob O’Gara-Defense, Providence Bruins
Like Grzelcyk, O’Gara has already appeared in Boston, playing in the Bruins’ first three contests of the season. Through 26 games in Providence, O’Gara has two goals and five points while playing a steady, low-maintenance game. The former Yale captain’s game has never been based around offense, but rather using his 6 foot 4, 205-pound frame to keep opponents wide and clear of the crease. Selected in the Fifth Round of the 2011 Draft, O’Gara is older (and a touch more seasoned) than most of his fellow prospects. Conversely, he’s also probably closer to his ceiling.
O’Gara has the capability to be an NHL regular. His ceiling is likely that of a shutdown, bottom-pairing/penalty killing defenseman. What Boston chooses to do with Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller will likely affect whether O’Gara plies his trade in Boston or elsewhere.