Boston Colonials Halfway Report Card

In a season of flux, the rebuilding Colonials may just be on the right track!
by Gary Graves | February 3, 2020, 12:14 PM ET

In a season of transition, it is easy to look at the standings and say how bleak this team looks. Yes there will be some lean years to come but don’t despair Boston fans, as this team will get better with each passing year.

The team is on pace to nab a top 5 prospect in next year’s draft and with any luck win the 2020 draft lottery and grab the number one prize player in Alexis Lafreniere. Even if the team fails to land the big fish there is some pretty solid talent within the top 5 with players such as Quinton Byfield, Lucas Raymond, Marco Rossi, Cole Perfetti, Alex Holtz or even Tim Stutzle!

That is really something for fans to be excited about! In addition to a top 5 pick, the team has four 2nd round picks in play and our second round pick will be close to a late first round pick. Boston will most likely be looking to add forwards given their depth in defensive prospects.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the assets currently in the organization:

Goaltending:

The team has drafted some potential future backstops in Joel Hofer and Pytor Kochetkov. Hofer won gold at the WJC with team Canada and was named the tournament’s best goalie. Hofer is currently one of the best goalies in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks. Kochetkov is starting to thrive in the KHL after a trade sent him to HC Vityaz where is sporting a 2.88 GAA and a .922 Save %. For the foreseeable future, the Colonials may look to resign Pavel Francouz who has the potential to be a full time SICHL goalie in the near future.

Defense:

The depth at D is looking pretty good with a couple of Swedes leading the pack in Adam Boqvist and Erik Brannstrom. While it is too soon to tell how high of a ceiling they really have, both are very mobile and offensive minded. The team also has a number of skilled defensemen that should round out this team in the future with the likes of Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Victor Mete, Brennan Menell, Jordan Spence and Gustav Lindstrom.

One prospect we look forward to following is Declan Chisholm. Chisholm has 56 points in 49 GP with the Peterborough Petes and is one of the top scoring defensemen in the OHL. Some felt he should have been on the Team Canada WJC roster. The Petes have a legit shot at a trip to the Memorial Cup.

Forwards:

This is where the team lacks a big ticket name but we suspect over the next few drafts that will change. The team does have a number of young forwards with potential, starting with Liam Foudy and Raphael Lavoie, both of whom were part of the 2020 WJC gold medal winning Team Canada. Other prospects include Alex-Barre Boulet, Janne Kuokkanen, Nikita Alexandrov, Vitaly Abramov, Ryan Donato, Daniel Sprong, and Sam Militec.

It is expected that veteran forwards David Perron and Tanner Pearson will stick around to help the youngsters with their leadership and experience.

Up next:

The landscape of this team will continue to change over time starting with the 2020 SICHL draft as new blood is injected into the organization, and we can all dream of many Lafreniere Colonial jerseys being worn throughout New England!

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