Bruins Grzelcyk Gaining Confidence

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By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

I know Boston Bruins prospect defenseman, Matt Grzelcyk hasn’t had a ton of time in the National Hockey League only appearing in five career games over the span of two seasons, but I’ve seen an improvement everytime he steps on the ice and a determination to stay there. Regardless of how he gets to play in the organization he’s fondly followed as a child growing up close by in Charlestown, Massachusetts and being close to the B’s team over the years with his father John, a member of the Bull Gang, the 23-year-old is getting solid looks and making the best of it on and off the stat sheet.

The 5′-9″ 174-pound defenseman appeared in two games last season with zero points and this season the former Boston University Terrier standout is showing exactly what he can do in front of the Bruins Brass watching high above and fans alike that haven’t had the opportunity to see him play at the collegiate ranks or his time professionally with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League.  While playing at BU the 2012 third-round selection posted 26-69-95 numbers in his four years of service and joined the pro ranks in Providence in 2016-17 to contribute 6-26-32 totals but to start the 2017-18 AHL season he only has four assists in 14 games. Last night was undoubtedly his best moment in all the years of hockey to this day with his first ever NHL goal on National television and a moment to reflect with his father who’s been there along the way.

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The 10-7-4 Boston Bruins return to the ice tomorrow night at the TD Garden when the visiting  Edmonton Oilers come to town. The B’s are currently in the third position in the Atlantic Division with 24 points and could close the seven-point gap in between them and the second place Toronto Maple Leafs. Leading the way in the Atlantic is this seasons powerhouse Tampa Bay lightning with 34 points and will be the Bruins opponent in the final game of the month (11/29/17) to end this three-game homestand.

With no news and day-to-day status of recently injured B’s defenseman Torey Krug and his return to the lineup, the past two games against the New Jersey Devils where Matt got his first pro point and yesterday afternoon when as mentioned above scored his first career NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s hard not to consider the fast blueliner with great on-ice vision to stick with the team until Krug makes his way back.

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