Jake DeBrusk-Left Wing, Providence Bruins
Jake DeBrusk has been really heating up of late, with six goals in his last nine games. The former 14th Overall Pick now has ten goals and 20 points in 36 games as he continues to adjust to pro hockey. DeBrusk played through a gruesome injury to his “special area” last season, and still managed to average better than a point per game in the WHL…that’s pretty much the definition of toughness. He’s creative, a proven finisher, and a diligent worker at both ends of the ice. He also has NHL bloodlines: His father Louie was a veteran of 400 NHL games.
DeBrusk has recently been mentioned in trade talks with the Colorado Avalanche. Between established NHLers under contract and a handful of talented forwards on the way, DeBrusk is a player who could very well be shipped elsewhere to acquire the kind of impact player Boston needs in the here and now. Should the B’s hold on to him, he could be seen playing for Boston as soon as this year.