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David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner to play in preseason finale for Bruins 10.04.14 at 11:10 am ET
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Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

Pastrnak made his preseason debut Friday night after missing the team’€™s first five preseason games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second practice of training camp. The 2014 first-round pick is trying to push for a roster spot in Boston, but his lack of a training camp could make it more likely that the B’€™s either start him in the AHL or return him to his pro team in Sweden.

The Bruins could also either return the player to Sweden or keep him for up to nine games into the season before either returning him or keeping him in Boston. For 18 and 19-year-old players, entry level contracts to not begin until a 10th game is played. If he is sent to the AHL, his contract will slide to the next season, meaning he could play a full year at the AHL, and years wouldn’t start being burned off his three-year deal until he plays in the NHL the next season.

Spooner, meanwhile, played left wing Friday night and had two goals and an assist for the B’€™s. With the Bruins’€™ depth chart crowded down the middle and Spooner having struggled with the defensive responsibilities of center, the team is at long last giving the 2010 second-round pick a good look on the left wing.

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Ryan Spooner understands Claude Julien is trying to motivate him 09.24.14 at 10:48 pm ET
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Claude Julien has given more than a couple of … let’s say “motivational” quotes about Ryan Spooner the last couple of days, as the Bruins coach has answered questions about the 2010 second-round pick with some rather blunt responses.

So after Wednesday’s game, Spooner was asked straight-up: Does he think his coach is trying to motivate him with his public comments?

“Yeah,” Spooner said. “At the end of the day I think he just wants me to be a more all-around player. It’s something that I’ve been trying to improve on, so I’m just going to go forward with it like that.”

Here’s what Julien said Tuesday when asked about Spooner knowing he was blocked on the depth chart in training camp last year:

“Maybe that’s why he didn’t make it, if he thought he didn’t have a chance. We give everybody a chance that deserves to be here. I think it’s important that he keeps an open mind.

“As always, if he’s that good, we’ll make room for him. We’ve always done that in the past. I don’t think we’ve ever let guys rot in the minors when they deserve to be here. That applies to him; it’s up to him again to come in here in these preseason games and show that he’s an improved player and that he belongs on this hockey club.”

Then, after Spooner scored a goal and was on the ice for two against the Canadiens, Julien said this, per The Boston Globe:

“We love his game offensively. At the same time, you can score one goal, but if you give up two, you’re not helping your team. We need commitment from that part of his game. He said he’s going to work hard at it. But it’s a good start for him. The goal he scored was one we’ve asked him to do — take pucks to the net. That’s a step in the right direction for him.”

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Bruins drop preseason opener to Canadiens 09.23.14 at 11:18 pm ET
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The Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in the teams’€™ preseason opening game Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on goals from Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, but three unanswered goals from Jiri Sekac, Christian Thomas and Drayson Bowman gave Montreal the victory.

Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban both played net for the Bruins, with Svedberg making 16 saves on 18 shots over two periods and Subban stopping nine of 10 shots in the third.

The Bruins will host the Capitals Wednesday at TD Garden in the second game of their seven-game preseason schedule.

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Alexander Khokhlachev hungry for any spot with Bruins 09.18.14 at 10:56 pm ET
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Alexander Khokhlachev

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.

“œSure, why not? I’€™m not just a skill guy,”€ Khokhlachev said Thursday. “€œFor 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. “€œYou’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.

“€œIt 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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Gregory Campbell cool with potential move to wing 08.06.14 at 8:19 pm ET
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LOWELL –€” Though he tossed the first pitch prior to Wednesday’€™s Spinner’€™s game, Gregory Campbell will not be a pitcher next season. From there, it gets tougher to narrow down which position he’€™ll play.

Campbell, who has centered Boston’€™s fourth line since the B’€™s acquired the former second-round pick in a trade with the Panthers prior to the 2010-11 season, is due to see plenty of change in the coming season. For starters, Shawn Thornton is gone. Daniel Paille may move up to replace Loui Eriksson on the third line. Plus, with Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev knocking on the NHL‘€™s door, Campbell may be moved to wing. Peter Chiarelli said the possibility has been discussed and that the team feels he’€™d be able to handle it.

Discussing the possibility of the position switch for the first time, Campbell told he would put up no fight if moved to the wing.

“I’€™ve been a center for the last four years, but I’€™m not going to [demand anything]. I want to be in a spot where I can complement other guys,” Campbell said. “If they throw me with whoever it is and I have to play wing and we’€™re a successful line, then so be it. That’€™s where I want to be. I have played center for a long time, so it may take me a few games, but I’€™m sure I can do it.”

The position wouldn’€™t be completely new for Campbell. He played some wing over the course of his five-season tenure with the Panthers, and he’€™s confident he’€™d be able to swing it.

“I played wing in Florida for a while in different seasons,”€ he said. “€œI think the last season I was in Florida I was actually a winger, so I’€™m comfortable with doing that. Obviously I haven’€™t played wing in some time now, but it’€™s a position that I think is easy to adapt to. It’€™s not necessary an easy position to play, but the responsibilities are a little different and I’€™m used to those responsibilities and would welcome the challenge.”

The Bruins are no strangers to moving veteran centers to the wing. Just last season, Chris Kelly was moved to left wing to accommodate Carl Soderberg. In 2011, the B’€™s traded for Rich Peverley and made him a wing on Kelly’€™s line.

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Bruins considering moving Gregory Campbell to wing so Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev can play 07.13.14 at 1:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins learned this season that Carl Soderberg was too good at center to play out of position on the wing, so they moved their third-line center, Chris Kelly, to left wing and saw that trio with Loui Eriksson become a superb third line.

Now, with young Providence centers Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev seemingly ready for the NHL, Gregory Campbell could be making the move to wing.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the team has discussed moving Campbell out of his natural center position to allow one of the young centers to play in the NHL.

The team has been hesitant to move Spooner or Khokhlachev to the wing because they feel the players are better suited for the middle.

“œWhen you move someone to the wing it’€™s the board work, and that’€™s what’€™s really tough,” Chiarelli said. ‘€œIt’€™s almost like pick your poison a little bit with the young guys, but those two players both have really good sticks and they’€™re smart, so body position and timing, getting pucks out of the boards, that’€™s the trickiest part when you move from center to wing, and then standing start.”

Campbell is tougher than both Spooner and Khokhlachev, so he’s more of a sure thing to be able to handle the board work and required battling that comes with playing on the wing.

Such a move would certainly be very Bruins of the Bruins. Claude Julien loves having multiple centers on a line, as it gives him multiple players who can effectively take draws and give the Bruins possession. It’s part of the reason Rich Peverley, a center who was used primarily at wing in his Bruins career, was such a valuable asset in his Boston days.

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Bruins recall Ryan Spooner; Chris Kelly day-to-day 04.09.14 at 5:36 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled center Ryan Spooner from Providence on Wednesday, marking his second recall this month.

Spooner was brought up last week for a pair of games but did not play. His chances of playing this time around are better, as Chris Kelly played only one shift in the final 25 minutes of Tuesday’s game and is considered day-to-day by the team.

Spooner filled in for Kelly earlier in the season when Kelly had a broken fibula. In 22 games for Boston this season, the 22-year-old has no goals and 11 assists for 11 points.

The 2010 second-round pick has 11 goals and 34 assists for 45 points in 45 games for Providence this season.

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