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Boston Bruins Prospects Showcased At Upcoming NCAA Tournament

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The Bruins Will Be Well Represented At The NCAA Tourney

Boston Bruins have six of their prospects in this years 2107 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. The Tournament begins this weekend.

Anders Bjork (Norte Dame): Before we get to the tournament, Bjork is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award as college hockey’s best player. Unfortunately for Bjork and the Fighting Irish lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East semifinals last weekend but they are still in the tournament but just barley. Notre Dame is the 13 seed. Bjork and the Irish will face a tough team in Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Game will take place for the Northeast Regional on Friday at 3:30 pm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Bjork lead Norte Dame with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists). He is in his Junior year and was selected in the 2014 Draft in the fifth-round. If he plays well in the tourney look to see him on the Bruins next season. Bjork another forward who will bring a scoring touch and depth the Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy and JFK (Boston University): The terriers fell to Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey-East Tournament 3-2. Even with the loss BU enters the tourney as the seventh seed. They will take on North Dakota, Friday at 3 and that game will be aired on ESPN2.

JFK is third on the terriers in points with 32 and second in goals with 13. Forsbacka-Karlsson was a 2105 second-round pick. JFK will be af force to reckon with and I could see him as a solid third line winger to start with plenty of potential. McAvoy was pick 14th overall in last June’s Draft. He was named as a Hockey-East All Star last week. This season McAvoy had four goals and 20 assists through 36 games in his Sophomore year. Charlie has the potential to be a top 2 D-man but we will have to wait and see.

Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman (Harvard): Harvard will enter this years tourney as the second seed. Harvard also took down Rivals Cornell in the ECAC championship.

Donato who has had a spectacular season had two goals while Sherman had an assist in the victory.

Donato a second-round pick in ’14 has 20 goals, and 38 points this season in only 33 games. He was also a plus 16 on the season. I could see Donato be slotted into the top 6 once he makes the move to the Bruins. Sherman (’13 fifth-round) had no goals and 12 assists in 33 games. Sherman in a 6’7” defenseman who will be a solid shutdown d-man. He was a plus 18 this season.

The two will face Providence at 4 on Friday. Game can be seen on ESPNU.

Ryan Lindgren (Minnesota) 

Lindgren and the gophers fell to Pen State in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament last Friday. The game marked the longest in Conference history. Minnesota will face Bjork and the Irish.

Lindgren who was selected in the second-round in 2016 will unfortunately miss the tourney with a lower-leg injury. The injury came in the Gophers final regular season games. During the regular season he scored one goal and added six assists in his first year with the Gophers in 32 games. Do not look to see him anytime soon as he has plenty to learn.

End of the season for some: Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald season came to an end when they fell to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East Finals. BC needed to win this game in order to make it into the NCAA tournament. He was a fourth-round pick in 2013. Since he will not play in the tournament his collegiate career has come to an end. This season he scored 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, fourth on BC. Fitzgerald could possibly play for the team next season, he will help add some depth to a team that is in need a good players.

Also Trent Frederic and Cameron Hughes from Wisconsin also fell to Penn State in double-overtime, of the Big-Ten title game. Frederic 29th overall pick in 2016 finished his first year with 15 goals, 18 assists for 33 points, ranking him second on the Badgers in goals and points. Hughes a sixth rounder in 2015 finished his Junior year, potting seven goals, 25 assists for 32 points(third on team).

Cam Clarke of Ferris State also finished his freshman year with one goal and 10 assists. He was a fifth rounder in 2016.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Have A good Problem To Have With Their Roster

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The team has many players that could play each night

Boston Bruins of late have been playing really well and have had almost a 100 percent healthy roster. This leads to a great problem to have. The problem of having many players that can play every night and not knowing which ones to start.

Bruce Cassidy has had to make these tough decisions on who plays and who sits. Not to mention who gets sent down. Now Bruce does not have a big role in sending players to Providence but he definitely gets a say. With all this, it seems as if he has found his roster with a couple players still on the Bubble.

Boston current roster looks like so:

Forwards:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

Jake DebruskDavid KrejciRyan Spooner

Danton HeinenRiley NashDavid Backes

Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari

Defense:

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Players On The Bubble

Now then who is missing well there are a couple big names missing. Adam McQuaid is the biggest, now he is not a star defensemen. Although he has been a solid D for the team over the years and now he is a healthy scratch every night. The reason being is that Grzelyck has shown that he has what it takes to be in the big club and it would be stupid to take him out. Also missing just recently is Anders Bjork who has not been performing to his expectation.

Now at the beginning of the year, Bjork and Bergeron were paired before his injury. When Bergy cam back they put Pasta with him and Bjork with Krejci. Maybe Bjork and Krejci are not a good fit. Still, the kid needs to produce and Bruce has no problem sitting anyone. Also along with Bjork is Peter Cehlarik who had claimed a roster spot until injury and now he too is on the outside looking in. Also with Cehlarik is Frank Vatrano who has been a bit of a disappointment since he’s been here. He has had spurts of great, then he just seems to lose. Look for him to be used in a trade if the B’s lose someone.

Providence and Prospect pool are Abundant

Even the B’s System is stacked with talent that could be up here very soon. They also have many kids that are playing in the NCAA that look great. Two of them are currently playing for Team USA in the World Juniors. Then just yesterday Bruin prospect and current Harvard member Ryan Donato was named to the 2018 Olympic team.

The Current Roster is here to stay

Bruce seems like he has found his crew and will look to stick to his guns. Possibly Bjork renters the roster, other than that most likely not much deviation. The main reason being is that with this roster they are currently in second place in the Atlantic and only 10 points back of first. The team has brought there differential from -6 to plus 20 and have been playing better overall. In the last 10 games, the team is 7-1-2.

This team could be a cup contender if they keep playing like this.

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Boston Bruins Showing They Are Here To Win 

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Boston Bruins Have Moved Into Second Place In The Atlantic With

5th Straight Win

The Boston Bruins are sitting in second place with last nights win over the Ottawa Senators. With 45 points and two games in hand to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boston is just 9 points back of Tampa Bay who sits at 54 points. Hopefully, the B’s can keep the streak alive.

Last night we saw the points come from a very underrated player on the roster. Riley Nash finished the game with 2 goals and an assist.

Nash’s goals were not garbage goals either they were indeed the opposite and very skilled goals. Since joining the team last year as what most people believed to be a role player as well as a veteran presence. Then last night on the Broadcast Jack and Brick had stated that Nash has been told to shoot more. Clearly is paying off, as Nash shows that he is not just a role player.  Nash only has 32 points in the year and a half he has been here but most things he does do not go on the score sheet. Boston will look to see some more production from him.

Then there is the rest of the team, they seem to have found “it” and whatever “it” is it needs to stay. In the last 10 games, the team is 8-1-1. The only teams better in that stand are Vegas and Tampa who are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Patrice Bergeron line is looking like the conehead line from the movie Miracle (Pass, Pass, Score). Then there is the Nash line with Danton Heinen and David Backes on his wings.  Backes has found his games on the wing with Nash and currently has 5 goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. The team as a whole has just been great.

Then Tuukka Rask has been playing the way he is expected to play. It might be too early to say but the Bruins are a contender for the cup right now. The only thing missing is Anders Bjork who has been quiet as of late. If he can find his game then Boston will be a hard team to beat.

Up Next:

Boston is on to take on what seems to be the unbeatable Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are always a tough matchup and it would be a great team to beat.

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Boston Bruins Kids Show What They Have What It Takes

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The Kids Help Team To Clobber The Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins rookies are here to stay as they help keep the Bruins in third place and ahead of the Canadiens. This was a breakout game for most of the players and a much needed one too. This is what the team needs going into the Christmas break. The game oddly enough actually started fairly lame with not much going on.

Then Brad Marchand scored on a beautiful tic tac toe goal with Patrice Bergeron 15 minutes into the game. The period continued with not much action. Then came the second period where thing picked up a bit with a goal from David Backes. This was only his third goal of the season. He has missed time due to injury but still, it is a bit low for him at this time of year. Hopefully, this gets him going. His goal was assisted by two kids who have proved there are ready for the NHL. Jake Debrusk with his 10th and Danton Heinen with his 13th assist.

DeBrusk has responded well after only playing about 6 minutes against Washington. And Heinen has been fairly consistent all year. Next Charlie McAvoy decided to get on the board with a goal of his own. This kid is unbelievable. His hockey IQ is off the charts and is playing some of the most minutes among rookies. Debrusk and Heinen had assists on his goal as well. This lead to the end of the second and the third is where all the fun happened.

The Third started on a hot note as McAvoy had his first NHL fight with Pierre-Luc Dubois. It all started after Chuck finished his hit and Dubois did not like it and decided to punch Charlie in the face. The fight then ensued. Here is Charlie on his first NHL fight.

“My first day in Providence I worked with Tyler Randell for about 15 minutes after practice and he just kind of taught me how to protect myself,” said McAvoy. “It’s a good guy to learn from.”

This seemed to spark Columbus Colombus as they received a goal from Josh Anderson. Boston responded quickly with a goal from Heinen marking his third point if the night, assisted by McAvoy and Backes. The assist meant that McAvoy had completed the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Next, it was Torey Kugs turn to get a goal of his own assisted by Bjork and Spooner. Spooner looked good in this game despite his injury issues and is hopefully back full time. Then The Bruins just to add insult posted two more goals one from Bergeron and the other from Debrusk.

The seven-goal game now brings the teams differential to +6.

Bruins that had a multi-point game

Jake Debrusk: 3

Danton Heinen:3

Brad Marchand:2

Patrice Bergeron: 2

Charlie McAvoy: 2

David Backes: 2

Ryan Spooner: 2

Up Next:

Boston looks to keep this up as they head to Buffalo. Hopefully, these guys can keep up this pace maybe not 7 goals a game but 3 or 4 would be nice. Plays again tonight against a struggling Buffalo team. The game will air on NESN tonight at 7:30.

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