|Alexander Khokhlachev, Brian Ferlin among latest Bruins cuts||10.01.15 at 6:22 pm ET|
The Bruins announced another round of cuts Thursday evening, with Alexander Khokhlachev the biggest name among those headed to Providence.
Also released from camp were Brian Ferlin, Anton Blidh, Chris Breen, Brandon DeFazio, Ben Sexton and Tommy Cross. Breen, DeFazio and Sexton were previously cut from camp but recalled for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Rangers. Cross must first clear waivers before he can be assigned to Providence.
With Thursday’s cuts, the Bruins now have 27 players (including the injured Seth Griffith, Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara) on their roster, though goaltender Jonas Gustavsson remains in camp on a professional tryout.
Khokhlachev’s assignment to Providence is the latest step in what’s been a frustrating tenure with the Bruins. After being chosen early in the second round of the 2011 draft (40th overall), the Russian center has performed well in the AHL but has underwhelmed in pro camps. Clearly a skilled player who figures to be an NHL player before long, he raised questions about his attitude when he recently expressed his unhappiness with where he stands in the organization.
“This is my last year of my contract,” he said. “I’m 22 already. If they don’t give me the chance to play, why am I here? I will not play in Providence all my life. They told me, ‘Just wait for your chance.’ I’m still waiting for it.”
Khokhlachev, who has led Providence in points in each of the last two seasons, played just three NHL games last season. When speaking out recently, he pointed to his lack of ice time (2:53 in his last game on Nov. 24) in saying the team has not given him a chance to prove himself in the NHL.
Asked about Khokhlachev prior to the announcement of Thursday’s cuts, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the team feels he still needs to make improvements in the AHL.
“All players are entitled to their opinion,” Sweeney said. “I feel that Alexander has a tremendous upside skill-wise. He still has a lot to learn away from the puck. He needs to go through these experiences, and he’s only 22 years old. Looking at the big picture for all our young players, they’ll determine when they’re ready to play and when they can help us at the National Hockey League level. I do believe he’s a player that can step in, and whether or not he can play up and down the lineup sort of remains to be seen.
“But we want him to continue to work hard to fill in those gaps, be it faceoffs and there are small details of the game that show up in the scoresheet each night. … There’s just little areas of the game that everybody as a young player needs to go through, experience and then come out the other side of it better. He wants to advocate for himself, so I don’t blame him for that.”
|Bruins send Brian Ferlin to Providence||03.27.15 at 9:44 am ET|
The Bruins sent forward Brian Ferlin to Providence on Friday.
The 22-year-old right wing had played in seven games for the Bruins since Feb. 20, but was a healthy scratch for 10 of the team’s last 11 games. With David Krejci returning from a torn MCL Thursday, both Daniel Paille and Ferlin were scratched.
Ferlin had one assist and no goals over his seven games with the B’s. The first-year pro has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in 46 games with the Providence Bruins.
Returning Ferlin to Providence means the Bruins are now back at carrying 13 forwards and six healthy defensemen.
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|Malcolm Subban, Brian Ferlin to make NHL debuts, Daniel Paille to sit amidst Bruins’ lineup shuffle||02.20.15 at 1:27 pm ET|
Malcolm Subban reportedly was the first goaltender off the ice in Friday’s morning skate, indicating the 2012 first-round pick will make his NHL debut against the Blues. Right wing Brian Ferlin also will make his NHL debut.
Subban, who is in his second recall of the season, spent a four-game stretch with the B’s earlier this month but did not play. He was recalled again this week, with the B’s opting against starting him Wednesday against the Oilers. Despite starting Tuukka Rask in the game, the B’s still lost to Edmonton in a shootout.
Should Subban play the entire game Friday, it will break up a stretch of 15 straight games played for Rask, who has also played in 24 of the Bruins’ last 25 games.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that both Ferlin and Jordan Caron will play Friday. Both players took line rushes with Gregory Campbell on the fourth line in morning skate, according to the Boston Herald. As such, Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham will be healthy scratches.
According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, the lines in morning skate were as follows:
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|Brian Ferlin plans on ramping up offense in bid to make Bruins||09.13.14 at 1:46 am ET|
NASHVILLE — As darkhorse candidates to make the Bruins go, Brian Ferlin’s numbers won’t dazzle the ‘they need a sniper!’ crowd.
Yet Ferlin, whom the Bruins chose in the fourth round of the 2011 draft (a round after they took Anthony Camara), presents an intriguing case. The Jacksonville native left Cornell to sign with the Bruins after three years of playing in coach Mike Schafer’s defensive system, and he feels he has more to give offensively.
While it’s good that he aspires to be a better offensive player, his numbers at Cornell weren’t bad, especially considering the system the team played. For example, with 13 goals in 32 games as a junior, Ferlin was the only Cornell player to reach double digits in goals scored. As a sophomore, he was second on the team with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists).
His .84 points per game clip as a junior (27 points in 32 games), combined with his two-way play, was enough for the Bruins to encourage the 6-foot-2, 201-pound right wing to turn pro.
“At the end of the day, they left it up to me,” Ferlin said Friday. “They didn’t really push me too much one way or another, but after talking to Sweeney and Chiarelli, those guys, they made it really clear that there was obviously opportunity within the organization and I just kind of felt like I was mentally and physically ready to make the jump to the next level.”
Though he’s yet to play an AHL game, Ferlin hopes he can make a strong enough push to make himself a realistic candidate to take one of the forward spots that is up for grabs. One thing he has going for him is that he’s a right shot, as none of the NHL right wings on Boston’s roster are righties. Ferlin is, as are David Pastrnak and Seth Griffith.
Ferlin’s also willing to fight, it seems, as he worked on technique with Bobby Robins after a recent informal practice. Robins, Ferlin said, had approached him about it, and Ferlin accepted with the mindset that he should be able to offer anything and everything to the team if it means getting a spot. He’s only fought twice before, dating back to his USHL days in 2010. The last fight he got in was against now-Canadiens defenseman Jared Tinordi.
Yet for all the smart hockey he plans to offer and his willingness to drop the gloves, it will be offensive firepower that will round him out as a prospect. It’s common for players to be weak in their offensive zone, but not being able to produce offensively ‘ something that has plagued players like Jordan Caron ‘ can really hurt players who otherwise have NHL qualities.
“I think that certainly the areas that I needed to work on in my game defensively and playing really solid in all three zones, that’s a big thing that coach Schafer emphasizes at Cornell,” Ferlin said. “I think I definitely came out of there a more well-rounded player, but it’s definitely not a run-and-gun offense. You’re not taking a bunch of chances. Traditionally, there’s not many guys that put up huge numbers there. There’s been a lot of pretty good pro players that come out of that program, so I’m not too worried about it from that standpoint.
“I think coach Schafer really helped me and he obviously plays a similar system to what the Bruins expect out of their guys — being responsible in all three zones, so I think that will help me really translate over well to the pro game.”
|That’s a wrap: A look at the Bruins’ 2011 draft class||06.25.11 at 2:33 pm ET|
The Bruins’ 2011 draft is in the books Here’s a quick recap of the newest additions to the organization, along with some video:
Ninth overall: Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
Hamilton fits the cliche of the guy the team couldn’t have expected to be available when they were picking. Many figured the 6-foot-4 defenseman would be a top-5 pick, and when he was there, the B’s grabbed a well-rounded defenseman who figures to be a top-pairing blueliner in the NHL, though Peter Chiarelli figures he needs “at least” another year of seasoning before he plays in Boston. That means a third season in the OHL for Hamilton is a safe bet.
Chiarelli compares the 18-year-old Hamilton to Rob Blake, with Hamilton likening his style to Blake, Jay Bouwmeester and Brent Burns.
There shouldn’t be much pressure on a guy like Hamilton to be rushed. Given how high his ceiling is as a physical, strong-skating and offensively savvy defenseman and the fact that the B’s have good enough blue line depth, the B’s can let him continue to develop without having to rush him to the show.
40th overall: Alex Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)
The 17-year-old Russian can play center or wing, and he scored 34 goals this past season for the Spitfires. Last season was his first in the OHL, and he led all rookies with 20 points in the playoffs.
81st overall: Anthony Camara, LW, Saginaw (OHL)
Camara is the tough guy of the Bruins’ 2011 haul. He totaled 132 penalty minutes this past season for Saginaw, and simply plugging his name into YouTube will yield some OHL bouts of his. Camara stands at 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds. He scored eight goals and had nine assists in 2010-11. He is committed to attend Cornell.
121st overall: Brian Ferlin, RW, Indiana (USHL)
The first non-OHL player selected by the B’s in this draft, Ferlin scored 25 goals and chipped in 48 assists for Indiana in 2010-11. The Jacksonville native stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds.
151st overall: Rob O’Gara, D, Milton Academy (HS)
The New York native is set to attend Yale, making it two future Ivy Leaguers chosen by the B’s in this year’s draft. He scored two goals and had seven assists for Milton Academy this past year.
181st overall: Lars Volden, G, Blue Jr. (Finland)
Though he played in Finland last year, Volden actually hails from Norway. The B’s have now spent sixth-round picks on goaltenders in two straight years, as they added Zane Gothberg with the 165th pick last year. Volden had a 2.46 goals against average and .907 save percentage for Blues Jr. in 2010-11.
|Bruins look outside OHL, grab Brian Ferlin in fourth||at 1:14 pm ET|
Turns out the Bruins did scout more than one league, as they went to the USHL pool to grab Jacksonville native Brian Ferlin with the last pick of the fourth round (121st overall). The right-winger stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds. The Bruins’ first three picks, Dougie Hamilton, Alex Khokhlachev and Anthony Camara, all played in the OHL.
In 55 games last season, Ferlin totaled 25 goals and 48 assists for 73 points and 26 penalty minutes. The right wing played a year for Jacksonville of the MJBHL before playing the last two seasons for Indiana of the USHL.
At 19 years old, Ferlin is the oldest member of the Bruins’ draft class.