August 24, 2012

Trio of B's prospects to play in NHLPA's Rookie Showcase

By Jesse Connolly

Ryan Spooner (left) and Jared Knight will be among those playing in the rookie showcase in Toronto. (Dave Arnold Photography)

The top up-and-coming players in the game today have been invited to partake in the NHLPA’s Rookie Showcase on Aug. 28 up in Toronto. Three of the players partaking in the event belong to the Black and Gold.

Bruins prospects Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner and Dougie Hamilton have been named to the list of expected attendees. Knight, a rugged winger, was selected 32nd overall by the B’s in 2010. Boston grabbed Spooner, a slick center, 13 picks later. The two have wrapped up their junior careers and will battle for a roster spot with the Bruins at training camp, though they’ll likely each begin the season in Providence.

Hamilton, meanwhile, is projected to make the leap to the pros this fall after a superb third season with the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs. The 6-foot-5 blueliner, picked ninth overall in 2011, had 72 points in 50 contests and was named the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year.

According to the NHL, photos of the participating players will be used for trading cards, video games and other memorabilia.

Here are a few noteworthy players that’ll be joining the B’s trio of prospects at the event:

To check out the full roster, click here.

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