The Boston Bruins benefited positively from the integration of the likes of forward Sean Kuraly and former Boston University standout defenseman Charlie McAvoy for last season’s return to the playoffs.
It did not take longer than the practice session during this September’s training camp and introductory press conferences with general manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy to confirm that youth would be a major theme of the team’s 2017-18 incarnation.
"We’ve always stated that we want to be a deeper team, a deeper organization from top to bottom," Sweeney said. "You have to have players that can push through and push other players out. We potentially have (open roster) spots, but we also have incumbents that don’t want to give spots up, players that broke through last year that are going to want to continue their own progressions.