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The Key Notes, Analytics, from Boston's Preseason Game vs PHI

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Boston Bruins are back at TD Garden, to play the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins lineup will include the likes of captain, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and newly acquired winger, Pavel Zacha. Lines : Forwards: John Beecher, Patrice Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk, Nick Foligno, Trent Frederic, Taylor Hall, David Krejci, Fabian Lysell Marc McLaughlin, Tomas Nosek, Chris Wagner, Pavel Zacha Defensemen: Jake Ahcan, Connor Clifton, Derek Forbort, Kai Wissman, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril Goaltenders: Linus Ullmark, Keith Kinkaid Pre-Game Notes : Ullmark expected to play full-game Bergeron centers Zacha and DeBrusk Krejci centers Lysell and Hall PP1: Bergeron-Krejci-DeBrusk-Hall-Zboril PP2: Zacha-Lysell-Foligno-McLaughlin-Ahcan 1st Period Notes : Good quick-up by Derek Forbort, leading to an opportunity for Pavel Zacha Wagner draws an o-zone penalty PP1 lacks dynamic attack and set-up Lysell takes hooking penalty, after he turns over the puck Bruins allow multi

Reviewing Anton Stralman's First Game into PTO (Potential Key Asset for Boston)

The Boston Bruins signed Anton Stralman to a professional tryout earlier this week. The Bruins have opted to give the veteran defenseman a shot at a roster spot, and so far, Stralman has impressed. Stralman is a steady, reliable defenseman who plays a two-way, mainly defensive game. Yesterday, Stralman played alongside fellow Swede, Hampus Lindholm, on the first pair. Stralman logged a total of 25 shifts, along with a total ice-time of 18:30.   Stralman is a player that the Bruins can acquire for cheap and play with the Bruins' top-4 till the return of injured defenders Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. while also fitting in nicely as a top-6 player once fully healthy.   The Bruins should utilize the Swede in many different areas of the game. Like stated, Stralman is a reliable player that can play alongside a top penalty kill unit. Last night, the vet logged just over two minutes of work.   Stralman may not be as offensively gifted as other candidates fighting for a spot on

The Key Notes, Analytics, from Boston's Preseason Game vs NYR

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Boston Bruins are back at TD Garden, to play game two of preseason. The Bruins lineup is highlighted by Hampus Lindholm, Charlie Coyle, and recently PTO signee Anton Stralman. Lines : Forwards: Trent Frederic, Charlie Coyle, Craig Smith, AJ Greer, Jack Studnicka, Marc McLaughlin, Samuel Asselin, Georgi Merkulov, Oskar Steen, Luke Toporowski, Joona Koppanen, Justin Brazeau Defensemen: Hampus Lindholm, Anton Stralman, Mike Reilly, Brandon Carlo, Michael Callahan, Connor Carrick Goaltenders: Jeremy Swayman, Kyle Keyser Pre-Game Notes : Swayman starts first preseason game of the year Anton Stralman in the midst of PTO (#36) Lindholm pairs with Stralman Lindholm, Coyle wear "A" 1st Period Notes : Good first shift of the game by Charlie Coyle line Lindholm rushes with the puck (transitions from neutral zone, to o-zone opportunity) Poor defensive coverage allows Adam Fox to walk in and score (Asselin line) Stralman strings Toporowski on a part

The Key Notes, Analytics, from Boston's Preseason Game vs Philly

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Boston Bruins travel to Philadelphia, to play game one of preseason. The Bruins lineup is highlighted by free agent signees Vinni Lettieri and A.J. Greer, while Philly includes the likes of Cam York and Wade Allison. Lines: Forwards: John Beecher, Jake DeBrusk, Nick Foligno, A.J. Greer, Joona Koppanen, Jakub Lauko, Vinni Lettieri, Fabian Lysell, Tomas Nosek, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Eduards Tralmaks, Chris Wagner Defensemen: Jack Ahcan, Connor Carrick, Josiah Didier, Dan Renouf, Kai Wissman, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril Goaltenders: Kyle Keyser, Keith Kinkaid Pre-Game Notes : Edward Tralmaks was scheduled to travel to Philly, but was pulled from the travelling squad after suffering a lower-body injury during morning skate Bruins name Keith Kinkaid as starter PP1: Lysell/Beecher/DeBrusk/Foligno/Zboril PP2: Ahcan/Steen/Studnicka/Lettieri/Nosek 1st Period Notes : A lot of scoring opportunities (2 open nets, 1 post) Notable improvement and confidence

NHL Rumors: Bruins offer Stralman PTO, McLeod's Betting on Strong Season, Ryan Ellis, Alex Newhook

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Bruins offer PTO to Anton Stralman The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered a professional tryout to veteran defenseman Anton Stralman. The Swedish defenseman has yet to make a decision on his hockey career, and has yet to accept or decline the offer. Hearing player is Anton Stralman. — Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) September 22, 2022 Stralman is coming off a season with the Arizona Coyotes. The right-handed d-ma suited up for 74 games for the struggling, disastrous Coyotes team. Stralman was quite effective both offensively and defensively, recording eight goals and 15 assists while playing top-four minutes.   The Bruins are looking to add defensive depth to their lineup, as it is quite clear that both Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk will miss substantial time to star

Underrated Prospects within the National Hockey League - (BOS, BUF, DET, FLA)

What is the definition of underrated? In terms of hockey, a player that is not highly regarded in the press, but should be valued as a top prospect. Today we will cover the most underrated prospects from the Atlantic Division, please note that we have not included any first-round draft picks on this list. Boston Bruins - Ty Gallagher Starting off with the Boston Bruins, we have offensively minded defenseman, Ty Gallagher. Gallagher hails from the USDT Program, and has since moved on to play for the Boston University Terriers, after being selected 217th overall by the Bruins. Gallagher is your typical offensive d-man, with just average size, the Michigan native likes to use his speed, skill and smarts to beat defenders in the offensive zone. While stendy with the puck, Gallagher has solid defensive skills as well, he maintains a good gap, stick checks and reacts well in numerous situations. “Ty Gallagher will be one of the biggest trending players in the 2021 NHL Draft scene in the nex

NHL Rumors: Lambert finds game, Bruins Prospects Impress, Matt Boldy, Arber Xhekaj

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Lambert finds game at Prospects Tournament Brad Lambert is regarded as one of the prospects whose draft stock consistently dropped throughout his draft season. Lambert was ultimately selected 30th overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the conclusion of the first round.   Lambert struggled throughout his season in the Finnish Liiga, starting the season with JYP and then being moved mid-season to Pelicans. Lambert even struggled to find his game at the junior level, representing Finland at the World Juniors.   Lambert started the 2022 World Juniors, paired on the Finnish second-line, with second unit power play time. But by the end of the tournament, Lambert was regarded as the 13th forward, and he ended up being scratched for Finland's gold medal game. Lambert recorded just one goal in five g

NHL Rumors: Lysell Leads B's Prospects Defeat Sens, Demers PTO, Owen Beck, Tyson Foerster

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Lysell Leads B's Prospects Defeat Sens The 2022 Buffalo Sabres have finally started for the Bruins prospects. The B's started the tournament this afternoon against a stacked, highly rated Ottawa Senators team. Key pieces on the Sens prospect team include Tyler Boucher, Ridly Greig, and Jake Sanderson. B's Lines: F: Lauko-Merkulov-Lysell, Toporowski-Beecher-McLaughlin, Hardie-Hall-Poitras, Abate-Schuurman-Humphrey D: Callahan-Wissman, Brunet-Mast, Edward-Berglund G: Bussi, Dyck The Sens got off to an early lead as Shane Pinto snapped a power play goal by Bruins goaltender Brandon Bussi. Although just a bit later, Bruins college signee Marc McLaughlin tied the game up. Later on, Tyler Boucher, Dalyn Wakely, and a second Shane Pinto goal would score for the Senators. Boston responded

NHL Rumors: Bruins Prospect Tournament Roster, Matty Beniers, Rasmus Sandin, Simon Edvinsson

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Bruins Announce Prospect Tournament Roster The Boston Bruins have announced their roster for the upcoming Buffalo Sabres Prospect Tournament at the LECOM Harborcenter. The tournament is set to run for five days. The Bruins prospects will play against the Habs, Devils, Penguins, Senators, and Sabres prospects over the course of the tournament. Highlighting the offensive group is former first-round pick John Beecher. The former U-of-Michigan star signed to become a pro at the end of the prior NCAA season. Beecher is a player that will likely start the season in the AHL. The lengthy forward plays a physical, power forward-like game. 2021 first-round pick Fabian Lysell will also join the Bruins group at the LECOM Harborcenter. Lysell finished last season playing for the Vancouver Giants of the W

NHL Rumors: Bruins Must Start Strong, Detroit Prospect Tournament, Ristolainen Curse, Ty Smith Breakout?

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Bruins Season Relies on a Strong Start There is no doubt that, on paper, the Atlantic Division looks to be the most competitive division in the entire National Hockey League. The Boston Bruins will be without stars Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, and Matt Grzelcyk to start the season.   Without their three stars, the Bruins will look for various other players to step up and play in the roles of the key missing pieces. For example, Hampus Lindholm fills in as the number one defenseman.   A strong start could spark an unstoppable amount of confidence for the Boston Bruins. We all know that once Brad Marchand is back in the lineup, the Bruins will be close to unstoppable. Marchand is the most important player on the Bruins' roster; he brings energy, offense, and a leadership role.   An e

Players Likely to Breakout this Season - Dach, Merkley, Samsonov, Swayman, Zadina

The NHL season is just around the corner, with training camp starting up in a few weeks and preseason games scheduled for mid-September. Here are five NHL players that are likely to break out during the upcoming season: #5 Kirby Dach - Montreal Canadiens Dach was playing in a horrible situation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team was basically tanking in the hopes of a high draft pick. With the Canadiens, it is likely that Dach will have a role on the top offensive lines of a stacked Habs offense.   For the Blackhawks last season, Dach played in 70 games, recording just nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points. The former third-overall pick during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft struggled to produce offense throughout the season.   Dach is a player that plays with solid size, standing at 6-foot-4-inches. He plays a well-rounded game and uses his speed to beat defenders. He is a playmaker who protects the puck well.   Dach was acquired through a trade from Chicago to Montreal

Five Bruins players Looking For a Bounce Back 2022-23 NHL season

The Boston Bruins had a very interesting 2021–22 season. The team was one of the top franchises in the entire league, although they struggled at times. Boston lacked secondary scoring and strong defensive plays at times during the season. Here are five Bruins players looking for a better 2022–23 season: Trent Frederic   Frederic was notoriously bad last season. The St. Louis native seemed to lose trust in former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, which led to his benching.   The winger only played 60 games last year, and chipped in with a solid eight goals and ten assists. Although, on the defensive side, Frederic played very poorly. The Bruins players racked up 57 penalty minutes, many of which were very poor decisions.   The Bruins often found themselves short-handed when Frederic was on the ice. Frederic is known as an agitator who likes to play the body. But at times, the forward can be overly aggressive, leading to poor decisions and penalties. Due to this, Frederic often found hi

Goaltending Will be a Critical Aspect for the Boston Bruins - Ullmark, Swayman

The Boston Bruins will look to rely on their goaltending tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman to help position themselves into a playoff position. We all know the first few months of the NHL season will be hard on the Bruins. The team will be without superstar Brad Marchand, defensive quarterback Charlie McAvoy, and offensive d-man Matt Grzelcyk. Three essential key aspects of an elite Bruins squad. Last season, the tandem of Ullmark and Swayman would be best described as solid. By no means were they elite, but they weren't horrible either. Bruins management will look for strong starts from both of their goaltenders, as they are likely to share the starts and share somewhat equal ice time in the crease.   Veteran goaltender Linus Ullmark will look to bounce back from a poor playoff showing against the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Ullmark finished his season with two playoff losses. The Swedish goalkeeper finished his first season in Boston with a save percentage of .91

Fabian Lysell Likely to Start 2022-23 Season in Providence

Fabian Lysell is currently the top-rated prospect within the Boston Bruins organization. The Bruins, 21st overall selection, during the 2021 NHL Draft, left Sweden to play for the Vancouver Giants last season. With the Giants, Lysell showed similar play and talent to his time playing for Frolunda's J20 and J18 teams. With Vancouver of the WHL, Lysell put up 62 points in 53 games. Lysell played with pace for the Giants, he showed great speed and edge work. Lysell is a player that can be leithal on the rush, pushing the defencemen back and setting up a play for his teammates. Lysell is a player that plays with a lot of confidence, he is a competitor, that shows attitude and fight. The Bruins forward was one of the most dynamic players representing Team Sweden at the WJC. Team Sweden struggled to create offense, although Lysell finished the tournament with a bronze medal, and six points in seven games. With Team Sweden, Lysell smoothly transitioned out of his own zone and often skated

Hyped Prospects that Turned into Busts: Alexander Khokhlachev

Drafting and prospecting are always gambles. NHL teams and executives have trust in their scouts to provide the most accurate information on up-and-coming prospects. Teams look for players that fit into their roster in the future. But we do have to remember that every player is different, and they may or may not ultimately end up playing in the NHL. Alexander Khokhlachev Khokhlachev was a former second-round pick of the Bruins back in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Coming out of the draft, many people saw the Russian prospect as a top-six forward, with elite, gifted offensive abilities.   The Moscow native wowed fans with his elite talent both in junior and in the AHL. In his final junior season, Khokhlachev scored 48 points in just 29 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Khokhlachev then continued his development in Providence (AHL). In his first pro season, he scored an impressive 57 points in 65 games. Khokhlachev gained popularity among hockey fans and was described as a sly, creative fo

Trade Talk: The Bruins Should Look into Moving Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly seems like an outsider within the Bruins' roster. The Bruins' d-man figured within the top-six last year, until the Bruins brought in Hampus Lindholm, pushing Reilly outside the lineup. The Bruins acquired Reilly from the Ottawa Senators a few years ago. Reilly is currently entering his final year with Boston. He has an AAV of $3,000,000. Last season, the D-man played in 70 games, recording 17 points. Reilly plays an offensive role on the Bruins defensive core, he likes to rush the puck up and join the play. Due to his inconsistent defensive play, Reilly would be considered an offensive defenseman. Reilly is not a physical player, but he is a good skater, although he needs to improve his defensive metrics.   Why should the Bruins inquire into moving Reilly? The left-handed d-man doesn't fit into the lineup. As of right now, many sources have inferred that Reilly would not be in Bruins' top-six, even with the injury of Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. Th

The Bruins Need Hampus Lindholm to Have a Strong Start this Season

The Bruins will look to Hampus Lindholm to hold the reins defensively while star Charlie McAvoy recovers from offseason surgery. Boston acquired Lindholm for a big price tag last season. The former Anaheim Duck was dealt in exchange for Urho Vaakanainen, John Moore, a first-round pick and two-second round picks. A hot start from Lindholm will be vital, as the Atlantic Division is as stacked as ever. Lindholm showed glimpses of strong play last season with Boston before he was ultimately injured during the playoffs. Lindholm was a former sixth overall pick and is currently training back home in Sweden with his former team, Rogle BK. What do the Bruins need in Lindholm? Defense. The Bruins need a consistent, puck-moving d-man that can kill time off the clock. Something Charlie McAvoy did really well. The Bruins will count on Lindholm in the dying parts of games. They need a player to be able to play 25 minutes a game, like McAvoy does. Last season with the Bruins, Lindholm suited up in

The Plans and Options for Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno is a polarising figure within the Boston Bruins fanbase. The Bruins brought Foligno in as an unrestricted free agent on July 28, 2021. The Bruins signed the veteran to a two-year contract worth $7,600,000. Foligno's completely underperformed for his Bruins team. The 34-year-old is likely declining due to his age and is likely to underperform next season too. Foligno was a fourth-liner for Boston last season, appearing in 64 games and scoring two goals. Yes, just two goals! Foligno did record 66 penalty minutes though, which some may say is positive. That's your call.   Let's be real: you don't sign a free agent an average of $3,800,000 to play eight minutes a night and score two goals in a season. So what are the potential options and plans for Nick Foligno and Boston? Let's start with the most unlikely option, which would be to completely buyout Foligno's contract. This option would save the Bruins $1,866,666 in cap this season, although they wo

Why Moving Erik Haula Made Sense for the Bruins

Let's recap the trade first. The Bruins and New Jersey Devils agreed to a one-for-one swap. The Bruins would send Finland native Erik Haula to the Devils in exchange for the RFA rights of Pavel Zacha. Haula was formerly signed to a two-year, $4,750,000 contract with the Bruins on July 28, 2021. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 We have acquired Erik Haula from Boston in exchange for Pavel Zacha. 📰: — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 13, 2022 Erik Haula was an essential figure, playing the highly touted role of second-line center for the Bruins. Even after coming off a fairly strong season offensively, what led to the Bruins moving Haula? Roles on the team factored into the decision to move Haula. With the news and acquisition of former Bruins center David Krejci, it seemed like Haula's services were no longer needed. When fully-healthy, the Bruins are stacked up the middle (Bergeron, Krejci, Coyle). If Haula wasn't moved, it would be

Jakub Zboril will be a KEY Player on B's Blue Line

Czech-mate! Jakub Zboril will play a key role for the Bruins, at least until Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk are back and ready. Zboril will factor in within the Bruins' top-six, if not play a solid top-four defenseman role. Zboril will have every opportunity early in the season to earn a full-roster spot. The Czech-born defender showed improvement last season when he played in ten games. Zboril looked stronger and played a more mature game before getting injured. During his short season, Zboril recorded three points, averaging just more than 15 minutes per night. He sustained a torn ACL mid-season. INJURY UPDATE: Boston Bruins defender Jakub Zboril has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of this season. #NHLBruins — NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) December 21, 2021  The Bruins need Zboril to step up, furthermore helping their financial cap. If Zboril is able to hold the fort as a bottom pair d-man, the Bruins will likely move Mike Rei