Atlantic Division

Providence Bruins

2014-15 regular season record: 41-26-7-2 (91 pts)

2015 Calder cup playoff results: Eliminated in the first round 3-2 by the Hartford Wolfpack

Key addition: The Providence Bruins added first year pro Frank Vatrano, he was signed through free agency on March 13, 2015. Vatrano had an incredible rookie showcase in Buffalo; he led his team in scoring for the tournament with three goals in the two games that were played. Vatrano will look to add another scoring punch for the Bruins up front. He did get a few games late with Providence last season, but now that he will be a part of this team full time he will look to make an impact in a big way. In 36 games last season for UMass Amherst he scored 18 goals and10 assists for 28 points. Vatrano also had one goal through five games for the Providence Bruins last season.

Key loss: One major loss for the Providence Bruins is defensemen Zach Trotman. Trotman was one of the best defensemen last season for the Providence Bruins, he eventually earned a spot on the main roster and will likely be there this season for the Bruins. In 40 games with last season with the Providence Bruins Trotman had 13 points (2 G, 11 A) before being called up. Trot man was one of the leaders on the Bruins blue line last season, and they will surely miss his defensive contributions to the team.

What to watch for: Alexander Khokhlachev’s attitude will be a huge x-factor for the Providence Bruins this season. Stories came out during training camp that he was unhappy not being given a chance in the NHL to show what he really has, and now that he has been sent back down it’ll be interesting to see how driven he is with the Providence Bruins this season.

Another big story line will be the goaltending situation as of right now Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre will be the goaltending tandem entering the season. With Gustavsson as the back-up right now for Tuukka Rask, it will block some of the young from getting a chance. But goaltending is a strong suit for this team and they should be a strong team in the goaltending department as they get down the stretch.

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