|Bruins announce development camp schedule||05.04.16 at 4:57 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their development camp schedule on Wednesday. The annual prospect camp will be held July 12-15 at Ristuccia Arena.
The roster for the camp has yet to be announced, though it figures to include the team’s picks from next month’s draft as well as other B’s prospects who have yet to turn pro.
This will be the last prospect camp held at Ristuccia, as the team is expected to move into its new practice facility in Brighton next season.
|Frank Vatrano added to US Men’s national team||05.03.16 at 4:20 pm ET|
Bruins forward Frank Vatrano has been added to the US Men’s national team for the IIHF’s World Championship, which will be played this month in Russia.
Vatrano is coming off his first professional season. The East Longmeadow native and UMass-Amherst product had 36 goals in 36 AHL games and added eight goals in 39 games for Boston. Vatrano finished the season with 55 points at the AHL level and 11 points in the NHL.
The tournament will be helped May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
|Torey Krug out until late October; David Krejci, Matt Beleskey also undergo surgery||05.03.16 at 2:37 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Tuesday that David Krejci (hip), Torey Krug (shoulder) and Matt Beleskey (hand) all underwent surgery in recent weeks.
Of the three, Krug’s recovery time is the longest. Bruins head team physician Dr. Peter Asnis performed the procedure on Krug’s right shoulder on April 21, with the recovery expected to take six months. That would put Krug on pace to return late in the first month of the 2016-17 season. Krug, a restricted free agent, played in all but one game this season.
Krejci had surgery for a left hip impingement on April 25. He had the same procedure on his right hip in 2009, with Dr. Bryan Kelly performing both procedures. Krejci’s recovery time is five months.
Beleskey, meanwhile, is nearly halfway through a six-week recovery after having surgery on his left hand on April 14.
|Bruins get 14th pick in NHL draft, Maple Leafs win top spot||04.30.16 at 8:18 pm ET|
The Bruins will pick 14th overall in June’s NHL draft, as Saturday night’s lottery did not see them jump into the top three picks.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will select first overall, followed by the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets. American center Auston Matthews is the projected first overall pick. He is expected to be followed by Finnish right wings Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi.
This marks the second consecutive season in which the Bruins hold the 14th pick. They selected left wing Jake DeBrusk in that slot last summer, a pick that was criticized as a reach.
The first round of the draft will take place on June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
|Loui Eriksson named Lady Byng finalist||04.30.16 at 8:04 pm ET|
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson was one of the top three vote-getters for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Saturday. Anze Kopitar and Aleksander Barkov were the other finalists named.
This is the second time Eriksson has been a finalist for the Lady Byng, which is given annually to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Eriksson, who finished third on the Bruins with 30 goals, had just 12 penalty minutes in 82 games. His last nomination for the Lady Byng came in the 2010-11 season.
If Eriksson is to win, he would be Boston’s first Lady Byng winner since Rick Middleton in the 1981-82 season.
Eriksson is coming off his third season with the Bruins and is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he is not signed to a new contract.
|Bruins lottery victory countdown: Tonight’s the night||04.30.16 at 9:00 am ET|
The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.
Get excited, Bruins fans: Tonight is the night the Bruins will learn that they will either pick first, second, third or 14th overall. It’s easy to point to the less-than-two-percent chance of a top-three pick and doubt the possibility of seeing Auston Matthews or one of the Finnish right wings ending up in Boston, but ask yourself this: What at are the odds that a team would wind up with the 14th pick in two straight years? Probably small. You might want to prepare for that top-three pick just in case.
The lottery will be broadcast on NBC in the United States (CBC and TVA Sports in Canada) prior to Game 2 of the second-round series between the Capitals and Penguins.
This is the first season in which the first three picks have been up for grabs via a lottery system. Here’s a good piece from Sportsnet on some of the biggest lottery wins in NHL history.
From earlier this week:
– The first one of these silly posts, featuring some Auston Matthews video
– Who would you rather trade if they won the lottery: David Krejci or Ryan Spooner?
– Who are the second and third picks?
|Patrice Bergeron named Selke finalist for fifth straight season||04.28.16 at 8:32 pm ET|
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named a Selke finalist on Thursday, marking the fifth straight season in which Bergeron has been one of the top three-vote getters for the award. The other finalists for the Selke, which is given annually to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” are Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Kings center Anze Kopitar.
A three-time winner and the statistical favorite to win the award this season, Bergeron would tie Bob Gainey for the most career Selke wins with four. A Selke win this season would mark Bergeron’s third straight, which would make him the second player to win three in a row. Pavel Datsyuk won three straight from 2007-08 through 2009-10.
Keller won the Selke in 2010-11, with Bergeron winning in three of the next four seasons. Kopitar has never won the Selke, though he was a finalist last season.