Catching up on the Bruins’ top prospects

Trent Frederic (Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

We went a little deeper on the first year of Bruins center Jack Studnicka with the Oshawa Generals, so now it's time to catch up on the Bruins' other top prospects in the run-up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 22-23 in Dallas:


Trent Frederic, center, 6-2, 203 pounds, shoots left: The 20-year-old was selected No. 29 overall in 2016 has been a steady producer for the University of Wisconsin. After back-to-back 30-point seasons, he signed his entry-level contract with the Bruins in March and went to Providence. He had five goals and three assists in 13 games. Frederic is a big body who proved he can play on both the power play and penalty kill during his time with Team USA in the World Junior championship. Perhaps Frederic needs more time to sharpen his game, but he’s a top candidate to challenge for the third-line center role when camp starts, assuming the Bruins want to keep Ryan Donato on the wing. At the time Frederic was drafted, the Bruins were scrutinized for “reaching” on the prospect. Yet his success with Wisconsin speaks for itself and he’ll have the chance to prove his place with the Bruins this fall.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, center, 6-1, 183, shoots right: The Bruins are well-stocked at center and the second-most important JFK in Boston history will be right there with Frederic pushing for a roster spot in camp. He played one game two years ago after he departed from Boston University, but didn’t join