|NHL draft: Which players experts mock to Bruins||06.22.12 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.”
According to The Globe and Mail of Toronto, ticket prices on the secondary market for Game 7 have been falling dramatically since the Bruins dispatched the Canucks in Game 6, although the prices remain at record high levels.
Vancouver ticket broker Mario Livich said his business has been swamped by concerned Canucks fans. “These are people who don’t believe the Canucks are going to win the game, and then they’ll feel like dummies for not selling their tickets and making a lot of money,” Livich said. “If people believe, they’ll pay anything. But the way the Canucks bungled into Game 7 has really affected the market.”
On Tuesday, ticket prices ranged from $2,500 to more than $6,000.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will attend the game with her son, Hamish, after receiving tickets from the Canucks (and filing a disclosure statement to avoid breaking any rules). Clark predicted a four-game sweep by the Canucks before the series began, and she also predicted a 3-2 victory for Vancouver in Game 6. She did not offer a Game 7 prediction after noting, “I’ve been wrong in every case so far.”
Meanwhile, a man responding to a Craigslist offer of two tickets for $4,00 reportedly was robbed at gunpoint after entering a vehicle to make the exchange.
|Poll: Who will win Bruins-Canucks Game 7?||at 7:36 am ET|
What will happen in Wednesday night's Stanley Cup finals Game 7?
- Bruins win close game in regulation (49%, 221 Votes)
- Bruins rout Canucks (23%, 103 Votes)
- I don't know, but if Alex Burrows scores the game-winner, I might smash my TV (10%, 44 Votes)
- Canucks win close game in regulation (8%, 35 Votes)
- Bruins win in overtime (7%, 34 Votes)
- Canucks rout Bruins (2%, 9 Votes)
- Canucks win in overtime (1%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 454
|Jeremy Roenick on The Big Show: Vancouver is now the villian||06.07.11 at 6:25 pm ET|
A day after the Bruins’ convincing victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, former NHL pro and current Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick was a guest on The Big Show to discuss the changing momentum in the series.
“I truly believe that [the Bruins] can, and they will tie this thing up 2-2 by the end of [Wednesday] night,” Roenick said. “A message was sent by the Boston Bruins by Denis Seidenberg, by Milan Lucic, by some of the guys that needed to make a statement last night: if you guys want to play like this, we are all in.”
Roenick also shared his thoughts on the perception of the Bruins’ opponents. “The Vancouver Canucks are now the villain in the United States. They are the villain because of the way they played, because of [Alex] Burrows, because of [Aaron] Rome.” Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron‘s finger in Game 1, and Rome was given a five game suspension Tuesday after his hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3.
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