Thursday, July 14, 2016

30 Teams in 30 Days - Boston Bruins

The Bruins are second up (with only one OHL prospect)!

1. Zach Senyshyn - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Anytime a player finishes inside the top 5 of goal scoring, said season has to be considered a success. To give it perspective, he and Alex Debrincat were the only '97's or younger to hit the 40+ goal mark this year. With 45 goals, Senyshyn beat last year's mark by 19. Quite the improvement. Confidence in carrying the puck and attacking scoring areas was way up this year. Utilizing his shot and the velocity behind it also massively increased. Senyshyn has definitely become one of the best at flying down the wing, using the defender as a screen, and firing one past the netminder. His release while at top speed is excellent. That said, there are still some areas that could improve heading into his (likely) final OHL season. Firstly, I think he still needs to involve himself more at both ends, and in general without the puck. He's a terrific skater, and I'd love to see him use that to be a more complete player. I think there were minor improvements made there this year, but again, more is needed before he reaches the next level. Also, the assist totals (20) do reflect a lack of awareness at times with the puck. He needs to do a better job of utilizing his teammates off the rush, as at times he can exhibit tunnel vision. Next year, SSM should be one of the better teams in the Western Conference. Great depth on that roster. As such, I think I'd like to see Senyshyn over the 40 goal mark again, while improving his assist totals, and (this is especially important) being more of a factor in the playoffs for the Hounds. The one wrinkle for him is that he's contracted mono over the summer (he isn't participating in the Bruins development camp because of it) and that could interrupt his offseason conditioning. Hopefully he recovers fully with enough time to prepare properly for the coming season.

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