Providence Profiles: Ryan Spooner

It must be a coincidence that the night we post Ryan Spooner‘s Providence Profile would be the same night that he’s recalled to join the Boston Bruins in Montreal on emergency basis. This will be Spooner’s first NHL call-up and with many of the B’s members on the day-to-day injury list, there is a chance he could play.

Center Ryan Spooner (Credit:Flickr/Steph Vail)

Spooner was selected 45th overall in the 2010 draft right behind Tyler Seguin and Jared Knight. That right there should tell you the potential of this player. He was one of the few Providence players invited to the shortened B’s training camp this January.

This season for the P-Bruins Spooner has posted 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games for a plus-12 rating.

If you’re wondering what kind of player Spooner is check out his prospect video from the draft below:

21-year-old has the offensive skills and speed similar to Seguin and I could definitely see the two playing on a line together.

Before the AHL, Spooner played for the Peterborough Petes in the OHL. In two seasons with the team, he scored 49 goals and 63 assists.

It’s unknown if Spooner will get to play on the emergency recall with the Bruins but judging by his stats, I would say he’s ready!

You can follow him here on twitter and send him some good long on his journey with the B’s!


Providence Profiles: Graham Mink

Mink (21) when he played for the Hershey Bears (Credit: Flickr/ MR_53)

As AHL hockey season started so did the Providence Profiles here at A Cup A Bruin. Now that NHL hockey is back in our lives, many AHL players have been “sent up” to their respective pro teams, meaning they’re are spots in the club teams. If you’ve been keeping up with these profiles, you would know we were almost at the end alphabetically.

Or are we? This week’s profile is a new member of the Providence team Graham Mink. My fellow co-writer Steph made sure that I posted about Mink because he was once a Portland Pirate, a team she has a special spot for. He was almost a member of the Vermont Catamounts, a Hockey East school, that I obviously have a special spot for. Basically, we needed to write about him!

Since joining the P-Bruins, Mink has played in five games and already has a goal, an assist, and six pim’s to his name. Not too shabby.

The right-winger was a part of the Hershey Bears before coming to Providence this season. He has also played in 7 NHL games with the Washington Capitals because of playing on the Hershey team. Providence is the sixth AHL team Mink has played for in 11 seasons. Overall he has totaled 243 goals and 250 assists for 493 points in his AHL career so I definitely think he will  be an asset to Providence.

Mink joined Providence on January 12th of this year signing the veteran forward to a professional tryout contract. Having someone with that much experience join the ranks will not only help the P-Bruins with numbers, but I think Mink will serve as a great role model for the younger guys joining the team straight out of college.

With that said, welcome to Providence Graham! You can follow Mink on his twitter here: @GrahamMink21


Providence Profiles: Max Sauve

Max Sauve (Credit: Flickr/ Steph Vail)

In his professional debut back for the Providence Bruins in April of the 2009-2010 season, Max Sauve scored his first two pro goals and would be named first star of the game. If that doesn’t tell you the potential of the almost 23-year-old forward then I don’t know what else to say!

Sauve is currently in his 4th season with Providence and shows no sign of slowing down, despite having health issues in past seasons. In 29 games this season, Sauve has posted 4 goals and 9 assists. If Sauve can avoid injury, I have a feeling he will be called up to the NHL level at some point during the shortened season.

Speaking of call ups, Sauve had an opportunity to play for the Boston Bruins back in March of last season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He saw 3:43 minutes of ice time before suffering a hip injury in the second period.  He was called up again for the B’s for playoff time, but didn’t see any action.

Sauve has spent his career thus far between Providence and Boston after being obtained in 2008 draft 47th overall in the 2nd round by the Bruins.

Unlike other players on the Providence team, the center wasn’t invited to training camp for the Boston Bruins occuring this week but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have potential to at some point crack the B’s lineup.

Sauve is fast, and has strong puck handling skills as you can see in this clip:

With the season opening in Boston coming on Saturday and the season FINALLY starting, it’ll be interesting to see how many Providence players, including Sauve make the call up.

Providence Profiles: Bobby Robins

Bobby Robins (Credit: Flickr/ Steph Vail)

31-year-old Bobby Robins is no stranger to playing hockey as he has played 13 seasons between NCAA, AHL, ECHL, and overseas league. Currently he is in his first full season playing for the Providence Bruins. He was signed by the P-Bruins back in February. In 31 games thus far, Robins has 2 goals, 1 assist, and 165 penalty minutes. Last season he was the penalty minute leader and this season he’s on his way to keeping that title.

Before signing to minor leagues, Robins was a part of the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks for four years, and served as captain his senior year. After graduating, he signed with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.

And from there, Robins has played right wing for 10 other teams, including Providence.

Robins is gutsy on the ice, and always ready to step up and fight.
This clip makes a sense as to why Robins spends a lot of time in the penalty box:

Robins is a fighter no if, ands, or buts about it.

Besides playing hockey, like myself and my co-writers, Robins is a blogger. You can check out his blog here. His blog is an inspiration for anyone with a dream, as cheesy as that may sound. Robins writes about his journey and his end goal of making it to the NHL and having a goal is something we can all relate too.

Robins also has a twitter, and you can follow that here.

Providence Profiles: Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller (Left) (Credit: Flickr/ Goaliej54)

Another Providence Profile, another opportunity to write about a Hockey East player. This time it’s former University of Vermont player, defenseman Kevan Miller.

Following his senior season at UVM, Miller signed an amateur tryout contract with the P-Bruins. He played 6 games that season, finishing with a +2 rating despite no points and nine penalty minutes.

In October of 2011, Miller was signed to a two-year entry-level by the Bruins and spent his first pro season In Providence. He was the second-leading scorer amongst the P-Bruin defenseman with 3 goals and 21 assists in 65 games and had a team-best +20 with 98 penalty minutes.

So far Miller has played in 21 games this season with one assist and 15 penalty minutes. Needless to say Miller is a smart defenseman and an asset for any organization. I also really enjoy that he’s always willing to drop the gloves if necessary.

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So on that note, Happy New Year from all of us at A Cup A Bruin!

Providence Profiles: Kyle MacKinnon

Calle Riddewall and Kyle MacKinnon (right) (Credit:Flickr/goaliej54)

I take special pride in writing about Hockey East players that make it into the Boston Bruins system and Kyle MacKinnon is one of those guys. MacKinnon spent his Hockey East days playing for the Providence College Friars before being signed by the Providence Bruins in July.

Before the P-Bruins, MacKinnon led the Friars in goals scored his Junior and Senior years playing. During his senior year,  MacKinnon as co-captain totalled 14 goals and finished second with 23 points. He finished his career at Providence College with 71 points on 37 goals and 34 assists.

Besides doing really well in college hockey, MacKinnon was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team for all for seasons. So not only can he score on ice, but he can score when it comes to getting A’s? Now that’s the kind of guy we want playing for us.

This season for the Providence Bruins, MacKinnon has played in 24 games so far, registering 3 goals and 6 assists. He is currently in his third season for the P-Bruins and I have a feeling he will have many more to come.

So as you know by now I love posting videos to go along with these profiles so you can get a sense of what kind of player these guys are.

Like this video for instance, MacKinnon being 5’11” and 185 isn’t exactly the biggest player out there. But he can throw down and fight if necessary:

Oh and did I mention before he can score?

Before the Friars, MacKinnon played for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL which is where he scored that goal.

You can look forward to a new Providence Profile every Monday right here at A Cup A Bruin!


Providence Profiles: Lane Macdermid

Lane Macdermid (Credit:flickr/Sarah_connors)

This week’s Providence Profile is all about Lane Macdermid. Macdermid is currently in his 4th season with the P-Bruins and is becoming one of the AHL’s top enforcers. The 6′ 3″ left winger is as physical of a player as they come. I would say Macdermid has Shawn Thornton like tendencies when it comes to intimidation.

Macdermid’s skills must be paying off because in July of this past season he was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Bruins. He made his NHL debut back in March of the 2011-2012 season and got into a fight less than three minutes into his first NHL game. He was called up to play for Boston after Daniel Paille was out with an injury. In five games, he had no points but had five penalty minutes.

Speaking of penalties, in 69 games for the P-Bruins in the 2011-2012 season, Macdermid was second on the team for top penalty minutes with 121 minutes. The only person that had more was veteran Bobby Robbins. He ended that season with four goals and 12 assists.

If you were wondering about that NHL fight I mentioned, you can check it out here:

With every season Macdermid continues to improve and be a strong presence for the Providence Bruins.

Next week check back for a profile on center Kyle Mackinnon.