While much of the focus is going to be on the young D-men headed into Bruins training camp, it would be foolhardy to overlook a forward prospect Danton Heinen, who is in position for a real dark horse run at an NHL roster spot. The strong odds are that the former University of Denver star is going to be begin the season in the AHL for the Providence Bruins after putting up a couple of points in four games there at the end of last season. Still, that certainly hasn’t stopped Heinen from setting his sights on an NHL spot out of this fall’s camp, most likely in a third- or fourth-line capacity to start things off, or perhaps at the top-six right wing spots that have given the Bruins some problems
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Despite signing with the team as an undrafted free agent 18 months ago, Nikita Jevpalovs entered the San Jose Sharks organization with a decent amount of hype. The Sharks signed the Latvian winger in the midst of a 100 point season in the QMJHL. Jevpalovs was not able to reach those same dizzying heights in his first professional season. He struggled offensively, scoring just 14 points in 60 AHL games. He even spent some time in the ECHL with the Allen Americans in an effort to regain confidence, and in the postseason as the Americans won the Kelly Cup following the Barracuda’s first round loss. Following his call-up back to the Barracuda, Jevpalovs scored at a slightly higher rate (3 G, 3 A