Bruins Prospect Bjork Showcasing Nasty Skills

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Above Photo Credit:  University of Notre Dame

By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins forward prospect, Anders Bjork is off to having a career year in the NCAA with the 12th ranked University of Notre Dame this season. Last night’s goal against the Holy Cross Crusaders is a perfect example of his success so far with his Fighting Irish hockey team.

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The 2014 fifth round selection of the Boston Bruins is currently in his junior year of collegiate hockey and is poised to pass last season’s career high of 35 points (12-26-35) in 35 games. So far the 6′-0″ 185-pound center/left winger has appeared in 13 games contributing 9-14-23 numbers close to the halfway point of the regular season. In 89 career NCAA Men’s Hockey games, Bjork has 28-52-80 totals.

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The Fighting Irish are currently involved in the Shillelagh Tournament and play unranked Clarkson University tonight at 7:35 pm from the Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Indiana. The Irish are sitting in fifth place in the Hockey East Conference (7-4-2) and are way away from conference-leading Boston College who have aa commanding 11-3-1 record.

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Below are some videos showing what kind of skills Anders Bjork can offer to the Boston Bruins in the near future.

Bruins Vladar Continues To Impress In AHL

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Above Photo Credit:  Alan Sullivan Photography

By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Dan Vladar has certainly taken full advantage of his recall to the AHL’s Providence Bruins while NHL Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin recovered from an arm/wrist injury that had him on the shelf for over three weeks.  The Providence Bruins are in St, John’s, Newfoundland for back-to-back games at Mile One Centre home of the Montreal Canadiens minor-pro affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. Baby B’s goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to get the start tonight as the puck drops at 7:35 NST and 6pm EST.

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In his time with the AHL Bruins, the B’s 2015 third round selection has played very well in his role during his recall. In five games played the 6′-5″ 185-pound Praha, Czech Republic native has an impressive 3-0-2 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and .923 save percentage. This is the 19-year-olds first year of semi-professional hockey and before his recall, to Providence, he’s spent some time with the Bruins “AA” ECHL affiliate the Atlanta Gladiators. In two games with the Gladiators, he has a 1-0-1 record with a 2.88 goals-against-average and .909 save percentage.

With the Baby B’s out of the country for the weekend, changes to the Bruins goaltending depth could happen as soon as next week with netminder Zane McIntyre who was sent to the ECHL Gladiators team yesterday, will most likely join the Providence team sooner than later. The return goaltending tandem of McIntyre and Malcolm Subban is going to force Vladar back to the ECHL Glads as it’s unnecessary to carry three netminders when the young prospect can get valuable playing time with the Atlanta team.

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Below is aa link to watch last night’s highlights between the 7-6-3-2 Providence Bruins and 9-9-1-0 St. John’s IceCaps where the Baby B’s won the game by the score of 2-1 in regulation. Vladar made 30 saves on 31 shots for his third career AHL victory.

http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/video/st-johns-icecaps-vs-providence-bruins/16123

Bruins Prospect Senyshyn Is On Hot Streak

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Above Photo Credit:  The Hockey News

By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins forward prospect, Zachary Senyshyn didn’t exactly have the greatest 2016 summer offseason as health issues hindered his participation in bruins organizational events such as their annual development camp and rookie camp. In July of this year the 2015 first round selection of the B’s was diagnosed with mononucleosis and in September before rookie camp started in September, he was hospitalized with an emergency appendectomy.  The 19-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native did participate in the NHL Bruins training camp but was released to his Canadian Junior team shortly after.

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After his return to the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team the 6′-3″ 194-pound right winger had a slow start to his third year of junior development posting 5-2-7 totals in his first 13 games as he struggled to get back to the player he was last season where he contributed 45-20-65 numbers in 66 games. Although his slow start may be due to his unfortunate summer health issues, his game lately has shown signs of his past play that could turn into a solid year regardless.

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After contributing a goal and an assist in last night’s come from behind 5-3 Greyhounds victory on the road against the Mississauga Steelheads, Senyshyn continued an impressive streak which has him now scoring points in six straight games. In that timeframe, the Bruins first-round pick has seemingly turned his 2016-17 OHL season around with 4-5-9 totals and looks to continue his streak tomorrow afternoon when the Greyhounds travel to Tribute Communities Centre with a battle against the Oshawa Generals at 2:05 pm.

In 19 games this season for the Greyhounds, Senyshyn has 9-7-16 numbers, which adds to his impressive three-year OHL career with 84-47-128 numbers in 155 games. After his commitment to his respected OHL team is over, he’ll most likely join the AHL’s Providence Bruins and will be eligible for a full-time position with the Baby B’s in the upcoming 2017-18 season if he hasn’t already made the NHL Bruins roster.

Below is a link to watch last night’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Mississauga Steelheads highlights.

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Here are some videos of Zach Senyshyn and what kind of skills he could bring to the Boston Bruins in the next season or two.

Bruins McIntyre To ECHL Atlanta Explained

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Above Photo Credit:  www.nhl.com

By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

The Boston Bruins announced yesterday that they’ve recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from his conditioning assignment with the AHL’s Providence Bruins and sent goaltender Zane McIntyre to the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL.

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This news sent shockwave’s through Bruins Nation and had many fans asking why a prospect goaltender like McIntyre who’s been with the NHL Bruins as the team’s backup for the last four week’s would all of a sudden be demoted to the lowest level of minor-pro hockey? Believe it or not, this was a smart move by Bruins management to get the 2010 sixth-round draft pick (165th overall) much needed playing time.

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See, when the transaction happened yesterday the Baby B’s were already fourteen hundred miles away in St. John’s, Newfoundland Canada for this weekends back-to-back games against the St. John’s IceCaps and the team isn’t to return to the United States until sometime Sunday. With McIntyre unable to join the Bruins on the road, the next best thing is to place him in the ECHL where he’ll presumably get the start on Sunday when the Atlanta Gladiators host the South Carolina Stingrays from the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia at 2:05pm.

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Once the Providence Bruins team is back in the country, look for McIntyre to join the Baby B’s and prospect goaltender, Dan Vladar to be sent down to Atlanta for continued development in his first year of semi-professional hockey. Again, because the 24-year-old McIntyre is currently in his last year of his entry-level contract, he doesn’t have to go through the waiver process, and getting him involved in playing time no matter what league he’s placed is important in his development and will keep him fresh with practice and game action for his return to the AHL.

After tonight’s game two of the back-to-back series against the IceCaps, the next game for the Providence Bruins will be on December 2, 2016, when the B’s host the Binghamton Senators from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bruins Prospect Zboril Suspended Five Games

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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril five games for his hit to the head of Moncton Wildcats defenseman Zachary Malatesta in Sunday’s (11/20/16) game at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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Per Jamie Tozer the editor of the Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL Blog,  said the hit went unpenalized and needed further league review. Below is a list of reasons from the QMJHL’s player safety board.

-The player at fault attempted a shot towards the net from the blue line.
-The puck deflected on a player and headed towards the slot.
-The opponent redirected it in the neutral zone.
-The player at fault accelerated and hit him.
-He jumped before the impact and hit the opponent’s head with his forearm and elbow.
-The opponent was not injured on the play.
-This is not the first offense of the player at fault.

Tozer also says that the 2015 first round draft pick of the Boston Bruins won’t be able to return to games action until December 4, 2016, when the Sea Dogs travel to play the Gatineau Olympiques.

The link provided below is a video explanation from the QMJHL’s Player of Safety Director Raymond Buldoc on the suspension of Sea Dogs Defenseman Jakub Zboril.

http://theqmjhl.ca/video/zboril-suspended-5-games

Bruins Khudobin Struggles In AHL Providence Win

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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Boston Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin returned to game action last night and struggled to help the AHL Providence Bruins to a 5-4 shootout win over the Springfield Thunderbirds. The 30-year-old Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native was sent to Providence on a conditioning assignment after missing almost a month due to an upper-body (arm/wrist) injury suffered during a practice session held at the Warrior Ice Arena training facility in Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts back on October 24, 2016. In the shootout win over the Thunderbirds, Khudobin stopped 34 of 38 shots to give the Providence team it’s fifth win in 15 games.

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Khudobin last saw game action on October 22, 2016, when he got the start in the crease during a 4-2 loss to the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In two games for the NHL Bruins this year, the 5′-11″ 203-pound netminder is 0-2 with a 4.10 goals-against-average and .849 save percentage. The Veteran goaltender was signed as a free-agent to a two-year $1.2 million deal on July 1, 2016.

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Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he’s appeared in 102 NHL games and has a career record of  44-44-8, a goals-against-average of 2.45 and .917 save percentage. In 156 career AHL games, he’s posted a 68-62-11 record while compiling a 2.53 goals-against-average and .912 save percentage stats.

Below is a link to watch last night’s highlights between the 5-6-3-1 (14 points) Providence Bruins and the 7-5-2-2 (18 points) Springfield Thunderbird from the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/video/springfield-thunderbirds-vs-providence-bruins/16099

Former Bruins Player Collapses Before AHL Game

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Above Photo Credit:  www.hockeysfuture.com

By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Former Boston Bruins forward Craig Cunningham collapsed to the ice after an apparent seizure before tonight’s AHL matchup between his Tucson Roadrunners and their opponent the Manitoba Moose from the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.

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The 26-year-old Trail, British Columbia native played in the Bruins organization from the 2011-12 season to March 2, 2015, when the Bruins released him to waivers. He was later claimed by the Arizona Coyotes organization where he’s played ever since.

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Spending most of his time in the AHL with the Providence Bruins, the 5′-10″ 183-pound rugged forward appeared in 247 games for the Baby B’s contributing 75-69-144 totals with the top minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins. In 34 career games in the big leagues with the NHL B’s he posted 2-1-3 numbers scoring his first career NHL on December 13, 2014, when he netted a shorthanded goal against the Ottawa Senators.

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Cunningham was selected in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft while playing junior hockey with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. He was traded in the middle of the 2010-11 season from Vancouver to the Portland Winterhawks before moving up to the AHL with the Providence team. In 330 games in the WHL he posted 103-161-264 totals and 272 penalty minutes.

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Here’s an update from the official Tucson Roadrunners website:

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We at the Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog extend our thoughts and well-wishes to Craig and his family during this difficult time.

 

Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic Injured In Practice

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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

According to Todd D. Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Badgers forward and Boston Bruins 2016 first round draft pick Trent Frederic was injured in a practice session held yesterday (Thursday, November 17, 2016) morning at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Badgers head coach, and former long-time NHL player Tony Granato confirmed that the first-year collegiate player will miss this weekend’s series against Merrimack College and could miss more time with an upper-body injury.

Frederic’s played in eight games this season and had contributed 10 points (4-6-10) which have him tied for the team lead with Grant Besse (3-7-10) who’s played in seven games. The 18-year-old center from St. Louis, Missouri has been a key player on special teams leading the Badger team in power-play goals (3) and shorthanded goals (1).  The 6′-2″ 201-pound forward is also tied for the team lead in shots with 25.

 

Poll: Former Bruins Goaltender Now Eligible For HOF

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By: Mark Allred   ( @BlackAndGold277 )

After last night’s annual inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canadian sports media giant TSN came out with a list of eligible candidates that could take the podium in November of 2017.

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The 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class has a very impressive list of characters who look to take the next step in being immortalized forever after their respected playing careers, and one of them is former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

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The Flint, Michigan native was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the ninth round (217th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.  He played eight NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins (2005-2012) and split his last year in the league with the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars (2013-14) before leaving the game for good.

Below are Thomas’s career achievements

Games Played:  426    Wins:  214    Goals Against:  2.52    Save Percentage:  .920

– Played nine seasons with the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars
– Stanley Cup Champion (2011)
– Two-time Vezina Trophy winner (2009 and 2011)
– Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2011)
– William M. Jennings Trophy winner (2009)
– Four-time All-Star (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012)

Please cast your vote in the poll below if you believe Thomas is Hall of Fame worthy and if so, what time frame?  

Please keep in mind that 2016 goaltending inductee Rogie Vachon who spent 17 seasons in the NHL and was a “three-time” Stanley Cup Champion had to wait 30 years to finally reach the shrine in Toronto.

Bruins Subban Earns First Win Of 2016-17 AHL Season

PROVIDENCE, RI - NOVEMBER 1: Malcolm Subban #47 of the Providence Bruins makes a save during an American Hockey League game against the Springfield Falcons at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on November 1, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Falcons won 5-2. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Malcolm Subban

PROVIDENCE, RI – NOVEMBER 1: Malcolm Subban #47 of the Providence Bruins makes a save during an American Hockey League game against the Springfield Falcons at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on November 1, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Falcons won 5-2. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Malcolm Subban

Above Photo Credit:  Getty Images

By: Mark Allred

The 4-5-2 Providence Bruins beat the 3-6-0 Binghamton Senators last night at the Veterans Center Arena in Binghamton, New York by the score of 4-2. Although there were many positive contributions from other Baby B’s players during last night’s contest, the story of the game was the play of goaltender Malcolm Subban and his first 2016-17 AHL victory.

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Before last night’s road win the 22-year-old Toronto, Ontario native struggled to start the season going 0-5-1 with a 3.56 goals-against-average and a dismal .884 save percentage. The fourth-year pro stood tall in the crease turning away 38 of 40 Senator shots and got a huge boost of confidence in the win. The 2012 first round selection of the Boston Bruins has appeared in 102 career AHL games posting a 46-36-15 record, a career 2.68 goals-against-average and .908 save percentage.

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The Providence Bruins are back at it for game number two of a two-game road trip this weekend  when they square up against the  8-2-1 Atlantic Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Place tonight at 7:05 pm.

Provided below is a link to watch the highlights from last night’s Baby B’s win against the Binghamton Senators.

http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/video/binghamton-senators-vs-providence-bruins/16038