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Boston Bruins Have Three Prospects In The NCAA Frozen Four Tournament

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Bruins Prospects in the Frozen Four

Boston Bruins will have three prospects in this years NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. One from Notre Dam and two from Harvard. The Frozen Four was set last night as the final four teams of the 16 played. The Frozen Four will be played in Chicago next week April 6, 2017.

Notre Dame Faced-off against UMass Lowell and Penn State Took on Denver. The Bruins have no prospects on Penn or Denver.

Anders Bjork will be playing for Notre Dame. Before last night Bjork had 2 goals in Notre Dames victory over Minnesota. Last night he helped the Irish to an overtime victory against the Riverhawks. Bjork assisted on all three Irish goals. His biggest came on the overtime winner. Bjork also finished a plus 3. The Irish defeated UML 3-2. Also he is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Bjork and Notre Dame will face Denver on April 6 at 9:30 and the game will be aired an ESPN2.

Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman are also headed to Chicago with Harvard. Harvard defeated Providence and Air Force to reach the Frozen Four.

Donato has a goal and assists in Harvard’s two games. He also finished with a plus 4. Sherman also had an assist in those two games.

Season came to an end for other prospects

Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had their season come to an end. Boston University lost to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.

McAvoy did manage to score the game winner in the Terriers overtime vicotory over North Dakota. JFK also had a goal in that game.

I cannot wait to see these guys in a Bruins uniform. Especially Bjork who is just a thrill to watch.

Other Prospects

Zach Senyshyn and the Soo Greyhounds are in the CHL playoffs. The greyhounds lost to the Flint Birds Saturday 6-4. Senyshyn had one goal in that game. The teams are in a seven game series and after the Saturday the series is tied at 1 a piece. During the regular season Zach had 42 goals and 23 assists in 59 games.

Jeremy Lauzon and the Rouyn Noranda also lost in their game Friday. Lauzon also manged a goal in the 5-4 loss Friday. He also netted a goal and an assist in the Huskies 3-2 win Saturday over Halifax. The QMJHL playoff is a seven game series and is tied at 1 game a piece. Lauzon scored 5 goals and 23 assists in 61 regular season games.

Jesse Gabrielle and Prince George are also tied at 1 a piece in their series against Portland. Gabrielle notched an assist in the Cougars 5-1 win Sunday. He had 35 goals and 29 assists in 61 regular season games.

Jack Becker has five goals in five games for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He has committed to play at Michigan Tech who were knocked of before they reached the Frozen Four by Denver. He is only 19 and has 15 goals and 11 assists in 45 games this season in the WHL.

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 Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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The Boston Bruins and Team Physician Dr. Peter announced on Thursday that Anders Bjork will be out for the rest of the season.

Bjork underwent a successful left should arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnsi at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Peter states that the expected recovery time is approximately six months.

The 21-year-old left winger has appeared in 30 games this season for Boston and recorded 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points with 6 penalty minutes with a plus-2 rating.

The injury and the timeline mean that Bjork’s season is over.

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Boston Bruins Trade Forward Frank Vatrano

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The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that General Manager Don Sweeney had traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Flordia Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick.

Vatrano who is now 23-years-old played in 25 games this season for Boston racking up just two goals and 22 penalty minutes. Vatrano did show promise last year with a career-high 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points with 14 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Vatrano has played in parts of three seasons for Boston with his debut season taking place in 2015-16 with the forward playing in 39 games with eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

He was a hot prospect for Boston and even led the American Hockey League in goals back in 2015-16 by averaging one goal per contest with 36 goals in 36 games. That season he also had three hat tricks and an outstanding 6 multi-goal games at the AHL Level. That year he earned First-Team All-Star honors for Providence.

Vatrano who is a Massachusetts native was originally signed as a free agent by Boston out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.

Vatrano was not seeing a whole lot of success for Boston this season and was clearly expendable as showcased in this trade.

At this time it is unclear what the logic was behind the move but we should find out more with Sweeney hosting a media availability on Saturday at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto, ON.

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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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