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3 AHL Bruins’ Under-the-Radar Prospects Who Could Be Traded

Jack Ahcan, Boston Bruins

It’s that time of year when NHL trade rumors begin to swirl and teams check in on which players from which teams might be available. For the Boston Bruins and general manager (GM) Don Sweeney, that means the phones will be busy at his office at Warrior Ice Arena looking to add pieces to his team that might push them over the top of the rest of the playoff field this spring.

There are some needs that Sweeney could look to address. A top-six forward that can play on the wing this season and also be insurance up the middle is an area to address, as well as a bottom-six right wing and a defenseman. There are some assets off of the current roster in Boston that could be in play. Craig Smith is the first name that comes to mind, as well as Mike Reilly who is currently in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Providence Bruins. There are, however, some other options that Sweeney could use as part of a deal by March 3. Here are three AHL players that could draw the interest of other teams at the deadline.

Georgii Merkulov

If there is a team looking for a young forward who has a good offensive skill set, Georgii Merkulov is having a good first pro season with Providence. In 36 games, he has seven goals and 17 assists at left wing, playing top-six minutes and on the top power play unit.

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Merkulov is 22 years old and is an offensive threat whenever he’s on the ice with 53 shots on the net. In his one impressive season at Ohio State University, he had 20 goals and 14 assists before signing a free-agent contract last season. Also able to slide into the middle, it’s hard seeing Merkulov finding consistent playing in Boston in the future with a log jam of left wings, but he could be a piece to slide into an NHL lineup with a team out of contention this season. 

Jack Ahcan

Signed as a free agent following his senior season at St.Cloud State University, Jack Ahcan has made a few trips to Boston to get his feet wet in the NHL. He scored his first career NHL goal in March of 2022 against the Chicago Blackhawks and he was an offensive defenseman in college with 21 goals and 82 assists in four seasons.

Jack Ahcan, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He is undersized at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, but there have been other undersized defensemen that have had plenty of success in the NHL like Torey Krug. His all-around game is rounding into form with Providence in the AHL and he…

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