|Pre-combine look at defensemen Bruins could target in NHL Draft||05.31.15 at 9:47 pm ET|
The annual NHL scouting combine will take place this coming week in Buffalo, meaning the Bruins will get a close look at the prospects they’ll consider with the 14th overall pick in June’s draft.
Here’s a quick look at some of the guys who might be around the Bruins’ range and a few for whom they’d have to trade up to secure. Click here for a look at forwards. Following is a look at the defensemen.
GUYS THE BRUINS COULD GET
Jakub Zboril, Saint John (QMJHL), 6-foot-0 3/4, 184 pounds
The Czech native is described by NHL.com as an offensive defenseman, but many scouting reports note that he’s more of a traditional defender than many of his projected first-round peers. EliteProspects.com describes him as a “low-risk, high-reward” player. NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman projects Zboril to the Bruins in his latest mock draft.
Thomas Chabot, Saint John (QMJHL), 6-foot-1 1/2, 180 pounds
Like many of the first-round defense prospects, Chabot’s offensive tools are what figure to attract teams. This piece from the Buffalo News notes that Chabot’s decision-making must improve, however. Having admittedly never seen this guy play, these descriptions make him sound a little like a smaller Joe Morrow.
Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 6-foot-0, 188 pounds
Roy is considered one of the better two-way defensemen in this draft. EliteProspects.com praises his play without the puck, awareness and intangibles, calling him a “catalyst for positive plays in all three zones.”
Jacob Larsson, Frolunda (Sweden Jr.), 6-foot-2, 191 pounds
Scouting reports note Larsson’s all-around game and plus decision-making. The Bruins got themselves a solid defensive prospect out of Sweden a couple years ago in Linus Arnesson, so perhaps they’ll turn their attention to scout P.J. Axelsson’s territory once again.
Noah Juulsen, Everett (WHL), 6-foot-1 1/2 174 pounds
Juulsen’s output increased tremendously from his first year in the WHL to this past season, jumping from 10 points in 59 games in 2013-14 to 52 points (nine goals, 43 assists) in 68 games this season. EliteProspects.com praises his poise with the puck, but also notes a tendency for him to overthink. Read the rest of this entry »
|Bruins sign Finnish F Joonas Kemppainen to 1-year deal||05.21.15 at 9:27 pm ET|
The Bruins on Thursday announced the signing of forward Joonas Kemppainen to a one-year, two-way contract.
Kemppainen, 27, was second on the Finnish team in scoring at the IIHF World Championships, finishing with three goals and six assists in eight games.
Kemppainen, who stands 6-foot-2, 213-pounds, played for Oulun Karpat of the Finnish Elite League in 2014-15, recording 11 goals, 21 assists and a plus-15 rating in 59 games. He added 10 goals and 14 assists with a plus-14 rating in 19 playoff games.
He has played nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League with three teams, totaling 62 goals, 99 assists and a plus-41 rating in 464 regular-season games.
|Devils hire Ray Shero as general manager||05.04.15 at 5:11 pm ET|
There were better candidates for the Bruins’ vacant general manager job than Ray Shero, but it’s a moot point now anyway.
The Devils announced Monday that they have hired Shero as their new GM. Shero took this season off after being fired by the Penguins after eight seasons with the Penguins.
Shero will report to Lou Lamoriello, who will remain the Devils’ president.
Candidates for Boston’s GM job include assistant general managers Don Sweeney (Bruins) and Jeff Gorton (Rangers). New York GM Glen Sather said Monday that he has not yet given the Bruins permission to interview Gorton, who was Boston’s interim GM for a brief time in 2006.
|Report: Interview process underway for Bruins GM job||04.22.15 at 6:46 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, the Bruins have already begun interviewing candidates for their vacant general manager position.
Source: Bruins have had ongoing interviews and have spoken with candidates already for vacant GM job.
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) April 22, 2015
The team fired Peter Chiarelli last week, ending his nine-year tenure with the team. Chiarelli met with the Oilers earlier Wednesday.
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: ‘We Lasted Longer than the Bruins’ Edition||04.12.15 at 1:25 am ET|
The Bruins’ season is over way earlier than anyone expected and you’re probably feeling a lot of feelings. Let them out with the Sunday Skate crew as Naoko Funayama joins DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn for the entire show.
Click here to listen to the show from 7-9 a.m. Jump in the live chat below.
|Pierre McGuire on MFB: Wednesday vs. Capitals ‘was not the most intense Bruins environment I’ve seen in a long time’||04.09.15 at 1:52 pm ET|
NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to look at the Bruins’ loss to the Capitals Wednesday night and ahead to the playoffs and the Bruins’ chances. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
McGuire worked the game Wednesday night, a 3-0 Bruins loss in Washington, and said the Bruins didn’t look like some of the Bruins’ teams he knows from the past.
“I thought they were kind of passive last night, I really did,” said McGuire. “I also know that there were some guys under the weather. They are not going to use that as an excuse, but I know there were guys not feeling very well last night — Brad Marchand was one of them. I mean, the fact that he dressed and played as well as he did was pretty nice indication of his character and how much he cares. Again, you don’t want to get everything wrapped up in one game. If they turn around and win tonight then everybody is going to be happy again. It was not the most intense Bruins environment I’ve seen in a long time.”
Claude Julien mixed up his lines, to the disliking of some, but McGuire brought up Julien was likely thinking ahead to Thursday night’s game in Florida too, and not just Wednesday’s game in Washington.
“I was really surprised at some of the maneuvers, but I also know that Washington is one of the most balanced teams in the league,” said McGuire. “They have really a four-line attack. You could see it, they had that kid line last night that was really working for them that didn’t score, but it generated chances for them. They are still missing Jay Beagle, they are still missing Eric Fehr, they will get those guys back at some point. Washington is a balanced team.
“I think what Claude was trying to do is get more of a balanced attack so he could compete with a four line game knowing the schedule that he has. That is a quick back-to-back with Washington and Florida. It is one of the most difficult ones you have in the league just because of travel, humidity and the time that you arrive. This will be a very difficult game for the Bruins. I think he was trying to look at the whole schedule rather than one game.”
With the Eastern Conference so tightly bunched, and only two games left, anything can happen. Currently the Bruins are tied with the Senators for eighth place, and a point behind seventh place, and two points behind sixth place. So one of those four teams will miss out on the postseason. McGuire thinks the Bruins will be able to make the playoffs, as they take on Florida Thursday night and Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“Tuukka [Rask] is going to be large early on tonight, I think that is really important,” he said. “If he can be and stabilize the game early then the Bruins I think will have a chance to get going. You’re going to be looking at a showdown obviously on Sunday against Tampa. I think Tampa will probably rest some people. The game won’t have as much meaning for them. I still believe Boston is a playoff team. I do. I believed it from the start of the year and I still believe it.”
|Live Chat: Talk all things Bruins with DJ Bean at noon||04.09.15 at 10:03 am ET|
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