|Bruins select forward Seth Griffith with first fifth-round pick||06.23.12 at 11:59 am ET|
The Bruins selected forward Seth Griffith with their first fifth-round pick (131st overall) in the draft Saturday. The pick was acquired in a trade with the Lightning, when the Bruins dealt the rights to Benoit Pouliot for the pick and Michel Ouellet.
Griffith led the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in goals and points in the 2011-12 season, recording 45 goals and 85 points in 68 games. He also led his team in points during the playoffs, when the Knights were runners-up for the Memorial Cup. The 19-year-old Wallaceburg, Ontario, native is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.
Griffith played alongside former Bruins second-round pick Jared Knight last season in London.
The Bruins selected defenseman Matt Grzelcyk with their third-round pick (85th overall) in the draft on Saturday.
Grzelcyk, who last played with the U.S. National Team Development Program, will be an incoming freshman at Boston University in the fall. Grzeclyk was ranked the No. 177 North American skater in April. Last year with Team USA, the 5-foot-9, 170 pound defenseman scored a goal and 10 assists in 24 games.
The selection of Grzelcyk continues a recent trend of Boston acquiring undersized college defensemen, like signing of Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug, and the trade for BU defenseman David Warsofsky.
|Bruins select goaltender Malcolm Subban with first-round pick||06.22.12 at 10:24 pm ET|
Subban played for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League last year and was the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect by NHL Central Scouting. In the 2011-12 season with the Bulls, Subban recorded a 2.50 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 39 games played. The Rexdale, Ontario, native is 6-foot-1 and weighs 188 pounds.
Malcolm is the brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who is a common antagonist for Boston fans in the Original Six rivalry. After Boston selected him, Malcolm did not shy away from the rivalry with his brother.
‘The rivalry’s just about to begin,’ Subban said, according to The Boston Globe. ‘I don’t know if he’s going to like me too much. To be honest, I never really liked him too much.’
Here is a draft preview video about Subban:
Also, here is game highlights from a game between Subban’s Belleville Bulls and the Mississauga Majors in March:
|NHL draft: Which players experts mock to Bruins||at 1:52 pm ET|
The Bruins are no longer defending Stanley Cup champions, so it’s time for them to start retooling for another run at the Cup. The season just ended, but the work does not end for the B’s front office, which will be using the NHL draft on Friday night to improve the organization by bringing in young talent.
Peter Chiarelli raved about the number of top-level defense prospects, but the Bruins will likely take the best player available in the first round thanks to the balance in the organization right now.
Here is a look at some of the prospects that experts have been projecting to the Bruins in their mock drafts.
Steven Hoffner, NHL.com: Stefan Matteau, C, USA U-18 (USHL)
Hoffner: Tough forward has balanced offensive attack which will help big, bad Bruins.
Kyle Woodlief, USA Today: Matteau
Woodlief: Nobody fits the dirty, gooning style Boston plays better than Matteau. He’ll fit right in in Beantown and make the Bruins an even more menacing presence.
Key 2011-12 stats: 18 GP, 6 G, 4 A, 10 PTS, 93 PIM, +4
Allan Muir, Sports Illustrated: Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL)
Muir: I have a feeling the Bruins trade this pick and move down unless the draft unwinds in such a way that a certain defenseman drops in their lap (it is thought that they covet Matthew Finn). But if that doesn’t happen, Laughton plays a classic black-and-gold style that should make him a popular choice. His offense hasn’t yet met the expectations set for a guy who was the third overall pick in the OHL draft, but he’s a safe call because he is so competitive every time he steps on the ice. “He’s motivated, sharp on the draw, a great defensive player. He works the body well and will drop the mitts when necessary,” one scout said, adding, “he’s a great team guy.” His upside projects to a Dave Bolland-type, but if his offense doesn’t come around, he’d slot perfectly into Chris Kelly‘s spot a few years down the road.
Key 2011-12 stats: 64 GP, 21 G, 32 A, 53 PTS, 101 PIM, +8
Mike Morreale, NHL.com: Brady Skjei, D, USA U-18 (USHL)
Morreale: Big blueliner is an elite skater and puck-mover with creativity off transition.
Key 2011-12 stats: 24 GP, 3 G, 9 A, 12 PTS, 12 PIM, +5
Matthew Scianitti, National Post: Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
Scianitti: With Dougie Hamilton likely to move up to the big club this year, Thrower could be the new project. He was in the top 10 in scoring among WHL defenceman this season, and also showed an aggressive edge with 103 penalty minutes.
Key 2011-12 stats: 66 GP, 18 G, 36 A, 54 PTS, 103 PIM, -4
Adam Kimmelman, NHL.com: Oscar Dansk, G, Brynas Jr. (SWE-Jr)
Kimmelman: Bruins need to add a goaltender to prospect pool.
Key 2011-12 stats: 2.82 GAA, .910 SV%, 2 shutouts
Pierre McGuire and Craig Button, TSN: Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa Tolpar (RUS-Jr)
McGuire: His size is a such a factor. He’s also athletic and quick. When he gets more refined, he’ll be a special player.
Key 2011-12 stats: 2.23 GAA, .931 SV%, 3 shutouts
|Kyle Turris not suspended for hit on Joe Corvo||02.26.12 at 2:17 pm ET|
The Senators forward delivered a hit to the head of Corvo at the 5:00 mark in the third period in Saturday night’s game in Ottawa. Turris received a two-minute boarding minor for the hit. The league’s Department of Player Safety held a disciplinary hearing for Turris but resulted in no suspension.
Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan said in a statement, “Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further. After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris’ explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount of head contact that resulted. We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play.”
The Bruins host the Senators on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Here’s a look at the hit:
|Game 7 countdown, 6 p.m.: Wednesday’s game-winner could come from unlikely hero||06.15.11 at 5:47 pm ET|
With a series-high six points apiece, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and David Krejci have lead the way offensively for Boston, and the Bruins will certainly be counting on their big guns with the title on the line. However, Stanley Cup Game 7 history has shown that big plays often come from unexpected places. Here’s just a pair of examples.
The last time the Stanley Cup finals saw a Game 7 was in 2009, when the Penguins shocked the Red Wings in Detroit for their first title in 17 years. Marc-Andre Fleury stole the show in net, but it wasn’t Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin providing the offense. Instead, Maxime Talbot, a grinder who never had more than 13 goals in a season, scored twice for the Penguins in the 2-1 victory.
Back in 2003, the Devils relied on former benchwarmer Michael Rupp for all three points in their 3-0 title-clinching win over the Ducks. The forward had been a healthy scratch since March, and didn’t hit the ice until Game 4 of the finals when Joe Nieuwendyk went down with an injury. Rupp had one assist through his first three games, but erupted for a goal and two assists in the decisive Game 7.
So who might play that role for the Bruins? Rookie Tyler Seguin has been relatively quiet with just one assist after breaking out in the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning, while Adam McQuaid, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton have stayed off the score sheet through the last six games.
The Bruins and Canucks have had six games to get accustomed to one another, but little can prepare a player for his first crack at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. In fact, it’s only happened 15 times.
But both Boston and Vancouver have one player who’s been there before, although Andrew Ference and Raffi Torres came up empty-handed.
In 2004, Ference’s Flames took the Lightning to seven games but dropped the deciding matchup on the road, 2-1.
“In your whole career, you’re not going to get too many shots to do it,” Ference said. “Just to get in the final is a treat … I had all the motivation last time as well, sometimes it shakes out the right way for you and sometimes it doesn’t. Everybody knows the stakes but big games are still the same and the pressure remains as well.”
Torres chance came in 2006 with the Oilers, who made an unprecedented run to the finals as an eighth seed. He assisted on Edmonton’s only goal in Game 7, a 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes in North Carolina.
Torres likes his chances much better this year.
“[In Vancouver], we’ve played the right way,” he said. “We put ourselves in a great position all year long to play this way. We feel confident, we’re happy to be home, and it’s going to be good.”