|Claude Julien: David Pastrnak, Gregory Campbell ‘getting close’||09.23.14 at 2:14 pm ET|
Neither David Pastrnak (bruised shoulder) nor Gregory Campbell (core) practiced Tuesday, and both will miss Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Canadiens. Linus Arnesson (groin) skated on his own Monday and is getting closer to rejoining practices.
Campbell has yet to participate in training camp practices.
“He’s getting better every day is what I’ve been told. He hasn’t skated yet, but he’s really feeling optimistic,’ Claude Julien said before the team left for Montreal Tuesday. “From what I’m being told by our trainers, he’s getting closer and closer.”
Pastrnak left the first of two sessions Saturday with after getting hit into the boards. He has not taken the ice since.
The 2014 first-round pick spent his only full day of camp, Friday, on a line with David Krejci.
“Pastrnak is still day-to-day. He’s feeling better all the time as well,” Julien said. “I would put [him and Campbell] in the same boat,’ he said. ‘Trainers haven’t told me that they’re ready to practice yet, but they’re getting close and that’s the report that I’m getting from our guys.”
Craig Cunningham, who was recently dealing with mono, joined training camp Tuesday.
|David Pastrnak, Gregory Campbell remain out for Bruins||09.22.14 at 2:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins continued training camp with two practices at Ristuccia Arena Monday. The team was still split into two squads, though they were different from the two groups the B’s had used in the first two days of practices.
David Pastrnak (shoulder) did not practice Monday, while Gregory Campbell (core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) also were absent. Milan Lucic, who did not play in Sunday’s scrimmage as he continued his recovery from wrist surgery, did take part in Monday’s practice.
After the practice, Claude Julien gave a slight update on Pastrnak’s condition.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been told he’s day-to-day. What does that mean? Exactly what they’re saying,” he said. “It’s not a dislocated shoulder; it’s nothing like that. It’s some sort of a bruised shoulder, so we’ve got to wait and see how it heals.
Julien downplayed that missing time could ruin Pastrnak’s chances of making the team. Even if Pastrnak misses some time in training camp, the B’s can keep him for nine games of the regular season before they have to make a decision on beginning his entry-level contract or returning him to his team in Sweden.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s day-to-day,” Julien said. “We’ve still got some time before the regular-season. I can’t control [when he returns], but we’ll see when he’s ready to come back.”
With Reilly Smith and Torey Krug still without contracts, Seth Griffith remained on Patrice Bergeron‘s line in place of Smith, with Brad Marchand in his usual spot on the other wing. Matt Fraser and Loui Eriksson flanked David Krejci. Pastrnak had been on Krejci’s right wing until he suffered his shoulder injury in the first of two sessions for his group on Saturday.
The Bruins have a busy week of preseason games ahead of them, as they will play four games this week beginning with an exhibition against the Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal.
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|Milan Lucic (wrist) slowly getting back to normal||09.20.14 at 10:12 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic said after Saturday’s practice that he is happy with his recovery from wrist surgery thus far.
Lucic has taken some contact in training camp so far, and though his status for preseason games is unknown, he is getting more and more comfortable.
“It’s been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing,” Lucic said. “Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks, where it’s gone, it’s been good. My shooting feels ‘ I’m not going to say it’s completely back to normal, but I can get to where I can get full pressure into my shot and all that type of stuff.
“It’s just the battle stuff. I haven’t really practiced forechecking and hitting and stuff like that yet. That obviously doesn’t come until game time. As of right now, I think it’s just being smart and going about everything the right way and taking it step-by-step.’
The Bruins have a scrimmage Sunday in Providence and four preseason games this week.
“The games will come whenever I’m ready to play,” Lucic said. “You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’re having setbacks right away.”
|David Pastrnak suffers shoulder injury, very doubtful for Sunday scrimmage||09.20.14 at 12:31 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – David Pastrnak suffered a shoulder injury during the first of two training camp practice sessions Saturday and did not return to the ice.
Claude Julien said afterwards that Pastrnak had tweaked his shoulder and that the 18-year-old right wing is “very, very doubtful” to play in Sunday’s black and gold scrimmage in Providence.
Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick in June’s draft, left early on in the first session and was not on the ice for the second one. He had taken a hit into the boards prior to leaving the ice.
With Pastrnak done for the day, Tyler Randell skated on David Krejci‘s right wing, with Matt Fraser playing on the left side. Fraser and Pastrnak had been Krejci’s linemates to open training camp Friday, with Randell rotating in.
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|Pastrnak Watch: Rookie opens Bruins training camp on David Krejci’s line||09.19.14 at 3:16 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – As Peter Chiarelli had previously implied, David Pastrnak was teamed with David Krejci to begin training camp Friday.
Pastrnak, a Czech right wing who grew up idolizing Krejci, was on the right wing of Krejci’s line, with Matt Fraser playing on the other side. Milan Lucic was in the other of the two practice groups.
“It’s pretty hard,” Pastrnak said of the practice. “On the ice, they’re NHL players, so you have to adjust and try to keep going with them and play your best.”
Tyler Randell also saw some time on Krejci’s right wing, but it was mostly Pastrnak, whom the Bruins selected with the 25th overall pick in June’s draft.
Krejci hinted that Pastrnak would be on his line for Sunday’s black and gold scrimmage in Providence.
“For me, to play with David, he’s obviously a Czech guy, he’s got great hands, he’s got really good speed,” Krejci said. “It was alright today. We didn’t do too much line drills today out there, so just take it day by day.”
|Bruins kick off training camp practices||09.19.14 at 12:28 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins began their training camp practices Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Gregory Campbell (mid core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) were both out. Campbell was not listed as being in either group, though Arnesson is listed in the first group.
The practice groups and lines were as follows:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Rob Flick, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith
Marchand – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Kelly – Ferlin
Paille – Spooner – Gagne
Camara – Flick – Fallstrom
Robins – Kane – Sexton
Seidenberg – Simonelli
Eminger – Boychuk
Warsofsky – Miller
Cross – Youds
Forwards: Jordan Caron, Loui Eriksson, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Bracken Kearns, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Carl SÃ¶derberg, Ethan Werek.
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman.
Goaltenders: Niklas Svedberg, Malcolm Subban
Fraser – Krejci – Pastrnak/Randell
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Eriksson
Caron – Soderberg – Knight
Florek – Kearns – Leino
Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Trotman
Casto – Breen
Morrow – McQuaid
|Alexander Khokhlachev hungry for any spot with Bruins||09.18.14 at 10:56 pm ET|
Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that there are four forward spots open this training camp, though he wouldn’t specify which. In reality, there’s uncertainty in more places than that on Boston’s forward lines.
Jarome Iginla’s old spot on David Krejci‘s line is the only top-six position up for grabs. On the bottom two lines, however, Carl Soderberg centering the third line looks to be the only certainty. A gaggle of forwards are competing for the wing spots, while the fourth line is one big question mark with numerous potential answers.
That’s where Alexander Khokhlachev comes in.
Gregory Campbell has centered the fourth line for the last four seasons, but that may change. The Bruins have a pair of NHL centers knocking on the NHL‘s door, and the team has considered moving Campbell to wing if either one wins the fourth-line center.
One of those player is Ryan Spooner. The other is Khokhlachev, who was chosen in the second round in 2011, a year after Spooner. Both players stand at 5-foot-11, but Khokhlachev is thicker, having bulked up to 189 pounds this offseason (Spooner is listed at 181 pounds).
Spooner has more AHL experience, but Khokhlachev hopes that after putting up 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games last season in his first full campaign with Providence, he’s ready for the NHL.
There are two questions with the left-shooting 21-year-old. One is whether he could play wing if need be ‘ he did at points of a 26-game stint in the KHL during the lockout ‘ and the other is whether he would make sense as a fourth-liner at either position.
“Sure, why not? I’m not just a skill guy,” Khokhlachev said Thursday. “For sure, I like to score goals and get points and help my team win, but if this year they put me on the fourth line and want me [play a different role], I’m still a young guy and I develop my game pretty much every day, so I don’t care where they put me. It doesn’t matter for me. I will be happy.”
Campbell is out with a mid-core injury to begin training camp, so the Bruins will be able to get longer looks at Khokhlachev and Spooner, something that Chiarelli sees as a silver lining to having players missing.
“Those guys both tested well and ran well, and they both had real good seasons last year,” Chiarelli said of Spooner and Khokhlachev. “You’ll probably see some of the guys higher up on the depth chart for centers, and you might see them on the wing at some point.”
Khokhlachev said he didn’t do anything differently this offseason to prepare for being a wing, but he’s more than willing to play the position if that’s the opportunity given to him. His priority is being in the NHL.
“It doesn’t matter where they put me. Coaches, management, they know better,” he said. “For now, I don’t really care. I just want to make the team. Wherever they put me, I’ll be happy with that and enjoy it.”
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