Constructing Bruins roster: Can Zach Senyshyn make the jump in 2019-20?

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With the dog days of the NHL offseason now upon us, we’re going to spend the next couple of weeks taking a deeper dive at a number of players on the Bruins’ roster (or on the cusp of a roster spot) who could make a major impact on the club’s hopes of putting together another Cup run.

Here are our previous breakdowns of B’s players this summer: 

Part 1: F Danton Heinen
Part 2: F Peter Cehlarik
Part 3: F Charlie Coyle
Part 4: F Anders Bjork

Next up, let’s take a look at one of the B’s most intriguing prospects in Zach Senyshyn:

Player: Zach Senyshyn
Age: 22 (turns 23 on March 30)
Position: Wing
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1 / 192 pounds
2018-19 Stats: (NHL) 2 games played – 1 goal, 0 assists, 11:36 ATOI / (AHL) 66 games played - 14 goals, 10 assists

Career In Review

It’s been an interesting couple of years since the Bruins brought a raw but promising winger in Senyshyn into the fold over four years ago. One of Boston’s three first-round selections in that infamous 2015 NHL Draft (in which the B’s passed on the likes of Mathew Barzal, Thomas Chabot, Kyle Conner and Brock Boese — you get it by now), Senyshyn’s selection at No. 15 overall drew the most questions when it came to the Bruins, given the fact that TSN projected the winger to go out out of the first round entirely at No. 40 overall. 

While his ceiling as a dynamic NHL forward was called into question, there was certainly quite a bit to like about Senyshyn’s overall game — given his strong frame and impressive set of wheels. 

The forward used those tools to impose his will against the competition down in the OHL in the years following 2015, with Senyshyn tallying a combined 87 goals over his final two seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. 

While harping on scoring totals in the CHL — in which players match up against skaters aged 16-21 — can be a bit deceiving when it comes to equating that production to success in the pro ranks, Senyshyn certainly had plenty of momentum on his side when the time came to jump up to Providence in 2017. 

But upon making the jump to the AHL, Senyshyn