Bruins Bleed Crimson, Sign Sherman to ELC


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By: Spencer Fascetta | Follow me on Twitter @PuckNerdHockey

The Bruins really like all of these good Harvard boys… The team announced today that they signed their second Harvard player to an Entry-Level Contract in less than a week, as 2013 5th Rounder Wiley Sherman inked his 2-year ELC just days after teammate Ryan Donato signed his. Sherman’s contract does not begin until the 2018-19 season, and will report to the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Try-Out contract for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.


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Sherman, 22, was originally drafted by the Bruins out of the Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, Connecticut in the 5th Round in the 2013 NHL Draft, 150th Overall. The towering 6’7″ defenseman lives up to his name, as Wiley weighs in at a mere 220 pounds despite his massive frame. The Connecticut native has spent the last four years patrolling the blueline for the Harvard Crimson, posting a career high of 13 points (all assists) in his junior season. Overall, Sherman recorded 7 goals and 26 assists for 33 points to go along with 60 career penalty minutes in 137 career games for the Ivy League juggernaut. The entry-level deal, beginning next season, is expected to be a 2-year commitment, adding to an already stacked defensive depth chart within the organization. Sherman joins a deep Providence team for the stretch run as they look to make yet another deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

B’s Ink Cameron Hughes to ELC

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By: Spencer Fascetta | Follow me on Twitter @PuckNerdHockey

The Bruins announced yesterday that the club signed forward Cameron Hughes to a 3-year Entry Level Contract that will begin in the 2018-19 season. Hughes, 21, just completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin, where he amassed 23 goals and 69 assists for 92 points in 139 career games. An alternate captain his junior season, Hughes was named the captain before the start of his senior campaign and will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur-Try-Out contract for the remainder of the season. The Badgers have had a difficult few seasons, and Hughes’ leadership, along with that of fellow B’s prospect and captain Trent Frederic has been key for the team to begin to regain its status as a premier program in the Big 10.


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Hughes was originally selected by the Bruins in the 6th Round in 2015, 165th Overall, as an overage prospect, which means he had already passed through the draft at least once (once in his case) before being selected. Another player the B’s selected as an overager after his freshman year at college? Danton Heinen, 2014, 4th Round, 116th Overall. Not to say Hughes will be what Heinen has been, but it is a market inefficiency the B’s have clearly identified and are attempting to exploit. Hughes is the 4th member of his Badgers team to sign a pro contract following their 14-19-3 season, joining forwards Ryan Wagner (Chicago Wolves, AHL) and Matt Ustaski (Jacksonville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL), and defenseman Jake Linhart (Rochester Americans, AHL).

BFR1 – Game 50 – 5 out of 4 – BOS 4, TOR 1

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By: Spencer Fascetta                                                                           Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey


The B’s kind of obliterated the Leafs. YAHOO! Finally got to talk about beating the Leafs in one of these, meaning I don’t have an 0fer against the vaunted Steve Dangle. Also, had some thoughts on officiating and the Department of Player Safety. Please, do enjoy!

Bruins: A Midseason Look At The 2018 NHL Draft


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By: Spencer Fascetta                                                           Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

The world of prospects is in full swing. With the World Juniors ending last week in Buffalo, and the World Under-18s taking place in the same timeframe, I felt it might be time to start talking about the next wave of NHL prospects, and how the Boston Bruins can continue to add to their already deep pool of youngsters. The B’s have 6 picks in the 2018 draft, all their own. They have their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th round draft picks (they relinquished their 5th rounder in the Drew Stafford deal at the deadline last year). I’m not going to pretend to know enough about the entire crop of draft eligibles to give you exactly who should be taken and where, or to compile an extensive list ranking each player. For that, I suggest you visit Steve Kournianos does a tremendous job, and will likely have the information you are looking for. But, for argument’s sake, I think giving you some guys that the B’s can and should look to add throughout the draft, as well as give you my thoughts on the top prospects available this June.

Without further ado, here are (in my opinion) the top prospects available in the 2018 NHL Draft:

1) Rasmus Dahlin, D (Frolunda HC, SHL) #1

ISS: #1

Future Considerations: #1

McKeen’s: #1

What else can really be said about Dahlin? He is easily the most dynamic and complete defenseman we have seen enter the draft in years. He’s been playing in the Swedish Elite League since the age of 16 and can dazzle any time he has the puck on his stick. The thing that really stands out to me though is that he is not a one-trick pony. Erik Karlsson comparisons aside, he is quite adept in his own end and loves to throw the body. I see much more Brian Leetch in him than Karlsson, but I think he is probably a more physical player than Leetch ever was.

2) Andrei Svechnikov, W (Barrie Colts, OHL) #2

ISS: #3

Future Considerations: #2

McKeen’s: #2


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Although Svechnikov didn’t get a tremendous role to play in the World Juniors, that he was included on the roster at all is a testimate to his skill level, as Russia has a long history of heavily favoring 19-year-olds in that tournament. He also missed more than a month with a broken hand just before the tournament. What he HAS done when healthy this year is shred the Ontario Hockey League as a rookie. In 20 games this year with Barrie, who selected him with the 1st pick in the most recent CHL Import Draft, he has 16 goals and 26 points. Last year as a 16-year-old he demolished the USHL, racking up 29 goals and 58 points in 48 games with Muskegon. His release is tremendous, and his playmaking ability is severely underrated. He has the raw scoring ability to be a consistent 40 goal scorer in the NHL within two or three years.

3) Filip Zadina, W (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL) #4

ISS: #4

Future Considerations: #5

McKeen’s: #3

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If Svechnikov is the goal scoring master, Zadina is the slick, uber-skilled sniper to go along side him. He does things with the puck that should be illegal. He has adapted to the QMJHL with ease this year and was far and away the best forward on a Czech team that had several high-end offensive players at this year’s World Junior’s. He has the ability to take over an entire game in a single shift. Before leaving Halifax for the World Junior’s, he had 27 goals and 51 points in 34 games for the Mooseheads as a rookie. He has made the adjustment from European hockey to the North American game without any problems, and I see him as a high-end Top 6 force for the next decade-plus.

4) Brady Tkachuk, C/W (Boston University Terriers, Hockey East) #5

ISS: #2

Future Considerations: #4

McKeen’s: #6


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I didn’t think there could be a player who enjoys being a pest more than his brother Matthew, but Brady might actually be that guy. He spent the entire World Junior’s tournament trolling his opponents – and shredding them offensively. He has a higher offensive ceiling than his brother, and might even be more of a pain. Think a bigger Brad Marchand with less of a conscience. He’s had 16 points in 21 games as a Freshman at BU and was disappointed in his production. Yeah, he’s gonna be fine.

5) Ty Smith, D (Spokane, WHL) #11

ISS: #10

Future Considerations: #8

McKeen’s: #8


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Ty Smith is the steady guy in your arsenal. Except, he skates beautifully. And can run a powerplay. And make a stellar first pass. Basically, he does everything really well. He is potentially the best defender in his own end in this entire draft, and he has the ability to eat minutes for eternity. He’s the safest pick on the back end this side of Dahlin. At worst, he’s a good, two-way, 2nd pairing guy. At best? An elite #1 defender in the mold of a Justin Faulk.

6) Adam Boqvist, D (Brynas J20, Superelit) #3

ISS: #8

Future Considerations: #3

McKeen’s: #4

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Boqvist is the most dynamic offensive defenseman in a draft that also has Rasmus Dahlin, Quinn Hughes, and Ryan Merkley. What separates him from his fellow countryman in Dahlin is in his own end. He still has to get better at anticipating plays in his own zone, but as soon as the puck is on his stick, look out. Bar none the best first pass in the draft. He could be a dynamic forward if he were asked to play there. Despite his struggles and inconsistency in his own zone, I like his play in the neutral zone, which indicates a high level of confidence in his own ability. Like what I see quite a bit, but probably needs a year of pro hockey before making an impact at the NHL level, as he hasn’t been able to stick in the SHL like Dahlin has.

7) Quinn Hughes, D (Michigan Wolverines, Big-10) #6

ISS: #7

Future Considerations: #6

McKeen’s: #5


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There is not a ton that separates Boqvist and Hughes. In terms of skillset, Boqvist is more of a dynamic player in terms of “wow” factor, but Hughes has much higher hockey IQ. He’s a tremendous powerplay quarterback, and thinks the game 2, 3, even 4 plays ahead of the opposition. He’s a little undersized for a guy you’d think of as a surefire top pairing d-man, but that stereotype should really now be moot. Think a bigger Torey Krug.

8) Oliver Wahlstrom, W (USNTDP, USHL) #8

ISS: #5

Future Considerations: #9

McKeen’s: #7


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This one is a bit personal. Wahlstrom played with many of my friends growing up, because he often played 2-3 years above his age group. And still dominated. He was a 1st Liner scoring over a point per game at North Yarmouth Academy AS AN 8TH GRADER. Also, he did this…

And also this…

Since then, he’s done nothing but score, shredding the opposition for the famed Shattuck St. Mary’s program, and becoming a key cog for the US National Development Program this year. He has brilliant hockey sense, and is a threat to put the puck in the back of the net any time he touches it. Committed to Harvard for next year after being the youngest person to commit to play college hockey (Maine at age 13), he probably needs a little work in his own zone, but not a ton. More NHL ready than you’d think, especially with a later birthday making him one of the younger players in this draft class.

9) Joe Veleno, C (Drummondville, QMJHL) #25

ISS: #12

Future Considerations: #7

McKeen’s: #13


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From one player with hype generated at a younger age to another. Veleno was just the 5th player granted exceptional status to jump into the CHL a year early at 15, and the first to be granted it in the QMJHL (the previous 4 all played in the OHL). John Tavares, Connor McDavid, and Aaron Ekblad all went 1st Overall in their respective draft year. Sean Day was a 3rd Round pick of the New York Rangers last year. Veleno is by far the least dynamic of the group, but he is smooth and consistent. He does most everything pretty well, and offers a lot of leadership ability. That said, he has not shown the elite offensive ability he flashed to be granted exceptional status yet, so he will have to rely on his two-way game to carry him to the next level.

10) Joel Farabee, W (USNTDP, USHL) #7

ISS: #14

Future Considerations: #17

McKeen’s: #12


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Farabee, yet another high end Boston University commit, is the other offensive catalyst for the USNTDP this year alongside his runningmate Oliver Wahlstrom. He is dangerous with the puck, and uses his speed to be reliable and competitive in all 3 zones. I like his hockey IQ a lot, and he would do well to use his shot more often, but the potential is certainly there.



Here are some guys that I think B’s fans would be prudent to keep an eye on as we approach the draft:

Philip Kurashev, C (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL)


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The Swiss import has done well in the Q, offering a high level of offensive skill to any team. Probably a late 1st or early 2nd Round pick.

Rasmus Sandin, D (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)


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Sandin is yet another European import in the CHL, but one who has the rare ability to slow a game down with the puck on his stick. He makes the right play 9 times out of 10 and has shown the ability to be a good complement to high-flying offensive d-men after being the long-time d-partner for Adam Boqvist in international play. Late 2nd or Early 3rd is likely.

Jachym Kondelik, C/W (Muskegon Lumberjacks, USHL)


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Has yet to put up the ridiculous offensive numbers of fellow European teenagers in the USHL, but the size (6’7″, 218 lbs) and skating ability have me intrigued. He projects as a likely 3rd Round target and is committed to the University of Connecticut for next fall.

Mikhail Bitsadze, C (HK MVD, MHL)


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Bitsadze has been hurt much of this year, and if he were healthy, he probably would be a Top 20 pick. Regarding raw offensive ability, there are few better in this class. However, he’s Russian, he’s been hurt much of the year, and he’s small (5’10”, 165 lbs.). However, he’s seen action in the KHL already as an 18-year-old, something that not many have the opportunity to do. Mid-round option with plenty of upside.

Mathias-Emilio Pettersen, C (Muskegon Lumberjacks, USHL)

A youngster out of the hockey hotbed of Norway. All jabs aside, he’s been in the US for several years now and is committed to Denver for next year. I like his speed with and without the puck, and his creativity in the offensive zone. Needs to find a little consistency. Mid-rounder in the mold of a smaller Danton Heinen.

David Levin, W (Sudbury Wolves, OHL)


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This is a tremendous story. Levin, born in Israel, has been in Canada for the last 6 years. After only playing roller hockey until making the move, he became the number one pick in the 2015 OHL priority draft after only starting to play organized hockey at the age of 12. He’s got a good shot and plenty of upside for someone still technically learning the game. This is a long-term investment, but one with potentially the highest upside in the entire draft. 3rd or 4th rounder in all likelihood.

Patrick Khodorenko, C (Michigan State Spartans, Big-10)


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Khodorenko is one of a few overagers I think it would be smart to take later in the draft. A sophomore at Michigan State, he already has outscored his output as a freshman. He’s not going to wow you in the offensive zone, but he is an excellent two-way guy with some offensive upside. Why not in the 5th or 6th round?

Zach Solow, C (Northeastern Huskies, Hockey East)


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The Florida-born Solow fell to the curse of size in his initial draft year. At only 5’9″, teams generally only give guys a look if they are ridiculously productive in high-level leagues. Well, Solow played his draft year in the USHL with Dubuque and put up 69 points in 56 games. Great, but not eye disintegrating numbers in a league that historically does not get a lot of coverage for prospects. However, he has been spectacular as a freshman centering Northeastern’s top line, being the 3rd cog between Dylan Sikura and Adam Gaudette, two of the nation’s top collegiate players. Solow has the profile of a late-bloomer, and could (potentially) end up in the mold of a Tyler Johnson or Brayden Point.

Samuel Bucek, W (Chicago Steel, USHL)


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Bucek was Slovakia’s best skater at the World Juniors this year, and he had a point on all three goals the Slovaks scored in the 302 upset over the host United States. He knows how to use his size to his advantage, and has a tremendous net-front presence. He’s taken an odd career path to this point, which may keep him lower on some draft boards, as he came over to the USHL late in the 2015-16 season from Slovakia, then transitioned to Shawinigan of the QMJHL in his draft year. This season, he’s back to the Chicago Steel of the USHL, and the lower production level is a bit concerning. There is enough raw ability here to keep me intrigued.

Scott Perunovich, D (Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, NCHC)


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Perunovich won the “Who the heck is that” award this year at the World Juniors, making the US roster as an overage draft-eligible. He’s been passed over twice already, but there is a simple explanation for that. In his first draft year, he was still playing Minnesota High School hockey (68 points in 25 games is still absurd production at that level for a defenseman). Last year, he played 56 games for a below-average Cedar Rapids squad in the USHL. However, he has embraced his late-bloomer tag as a freshman with the UMD Bulldogs this year, with 19 points in 20 games already to his name. He is an excellent skater, and, although a little undersized, is dynamic in the offensive zone. He’s a younger Matt Grzelcyk, who needs a lot more work in his own end.

Yegor Sharangovich, C (Dinamo Minsk, KHL)


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The best player (in my opinion) at the World Junior’s this year who was never talked about, Sharangovich was one of the money-makers for a Belarusian team that was in nearly every game they played this year despite being relegated once again. He led the tournament at times in shots taken, and played in the World Junior’s as a underager in 2015-16, the last time Belarus was in the 1st tier tourney. He’s a regular this year with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL as a 19-year-old and has 10 points in 42 games, excellent production for someone of his age. I like his shot and offensive upside, and he has the potential and raw skill to end up as more of an Artemi Panarin than a Vadim Shipachyov.


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Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #78 1-1-18

By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 78 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, Mark and Court are without co-host Rob but we pushed on with a few topics as we recorded a day late but to fill some air-time we welcomed back Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog writer and Youtube Bruins BFR Vlogger Spencer Faschetta to the program.
We talked about last weeks games and the upcoming schedule as the calendar year changes to 2018. We added a few other topics and later welcomed back Rogers TV Colour Analyst and QMJHL Scout Craig Eagles to talk about the recent promotion of Bruins prospect Cedric Pare and the state of the Saint John Sea Dogs organization.

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Bruins Prospect Pare Is Enjoying New Role

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By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect Cedric Pare has mostly been used as a bottom-six forward since he joined the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs after the team selected him in the first-round in the QMJHL’s Entry Draft in 2015. The 6′-3″ 205-pound center from Pintendre, Quebec hasn’t exactly ripped up the stat sheet offensively in his 100 career games with the Sea Dogs but his game for those who follow him closely and not base an opinion solely on point production, his development has been progressing nicely.

Pare was selected in the sixth-round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Bruins as the team not only adds to the future depth of the organization but also taking a chance on finding that gem in later rounds. Earlier this month on December 8th the Sea Dogs traded talented 17-year-old and 2018 NHL Draft eligible Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for three first-round picks as stated by prospect Guru Jeff Marek’s tweet below.

With the departure of Veleno, it created a position at the top-six of the Sea Dogs lineup and with the hard work and determination to be a better player every game Pare’s played, it’s hard not to look at that when evaluating a roster. With increasing trust in Cedric, first-year Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon has noticed the effort in Pare’s game and has installed the trust in moving him up to a more prominent role in his development as the team’s top line center. In Pare’s first full QMJHL season he posted 16 points (5-11-16) in 64 games and this season up to the December 8th Veleno trade, playing on the bottom-six posted 7-6-13 numbers in 28 games but since the trade and coach Dixon’s line shuffle, Pare is currently on a 2017-18 season high three-game point streak posting 1-3-4 numbers in that time frame.

Quotes below are from friend and Rogers TV Colour Analyst / New Brunswick Regional Scout of the QMJHL Craig Eagles in his recent article about Pare and his new role with the Sea Dogs club.  Craig’s fantastic article about Pare can be seen by clicking here.

“Cedric has had a strong daily focus on developing to be a pro and coming to the rink with a purpose of making himself better both on and off the ice,” said Saint John Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon.

“Cedric’s game has developed tremendously thus far and it is this focus on striving for excellence on a daily basis that has kept him positive through the highs and lows of the season,” explained Dixon.

“Cedric leads by example through his drive to be a pro and his excellent daily habits and routines,” said Dixon. “He pushes the bar of self-expectations higher each day and pulls his teammates up to the same level he demands of himself,” Dixon said.

“Cedric is a strong skater up and down the ice and is very effective in front of the net both screening and for deflections. He is one of the top faceoff men in the league, has a pro shot,” Dixon said.

“Cedric can be an effective third line player who takes big face-offs in all situations, gets special team minutes net front on the 2nd PP and can be a reliable penalty killer as well,” explained Dixon.

Craig also had the opportunity to interview the sixth-round selection of the Bruins and the below quotes are also from the mentioned article above and spoke highly of his new head coach and direction he’s installed in Pare’s continued development.

“Josh is a good person, he has helped me to become a better leader off the ice, and he has given me the opportunity to play a lot of big minutes,” Pare said.

“The Bruins text me sometimes to make sure everything is normal, they gave me some points to keep working on, and on occasion have watched me play,” Pare said.

This season Cedric has 8-9-17 numbers in 31 games played and will be a significant piece in the rebuild of this Sea Dogs team in the next few seasons to get back to the top of the QMJHL as they did in the 2016-17 season as the top team in the league with a 48-14-1 record and President’s Cup Champions.

Pare looks to add to his current point streak as his 9-19-4-2 Sea Dogs are back in action tonight when they host the 20-11-1-0 Charlottetown Islanders from Harbour Station Arena in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Puck drops at 7pm AST.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of 11/12/17 to 11/19/17

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 12th-Nov. 18th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 12th on the road in Springfield Massachusetts with a 4-3 overtime loss to the hand of the Thunderbirds. Baby B’s goal scorers were Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and 1st ever pro goal from Emil Johansson. Have to mention 2015 first round pick Zach Senyshyn as he assisted on all three Bruins goals and has been playing very well as of late. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington stopped 32 of 36 Thunderbirds shots.

On Friday night November 17th at the Dunk in Providence, Rhode Island the Baby B’s hosted the Hershey Bears and were thoroughly outplayed in a 4-1 regulation loss. Justin Hickman with the only Bruins goal on the night which was unassisted. Zane McIntyre who’s been struggling lately took the loss stopping 21 of 24 shots.
The Providence team is now sitting in the fourth position in the Atlantic Division with a 7-5-2 record with 18 points and get back to work with a 1:05 game again at the Dunk against the same Bears team they played Friday night.

Bruins Prospect Jakub Zboril has been out of action since the November 11th matchup where he took a substantial hit to the head from WBS Penguins player Andrey Pedan who was assessed a minor penalty for the hit and a five-minute fighting major as teammate Kenny Agostino came to the defense of his defenseman. Zboril has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury. Pedan, on the other hand, was suspended the following Monday for four games by the American Hockey League for a Charging major which resulted in a head injury. We hope Jakub returns quickly as he’s been through concussion protocol, but his return remains uncertain.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar only appeared in one game for the Gladiators last week and took a beating in the Wednesday, November 15th morning road game against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in front of a packed house of school children stopping 36 of 42 Greenville shots taking the 6-3 loss. Vladar is now 4-2-1 on the season with a 3.10 goals-against-average, and .906 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka snapped his 12 goalless streak and recent five-game pointless streak on Thursday night November 16th with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes team. The next night on Friday, November 17th he had a shorthanded goal in a 4-2 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads and now has 6-14-20 numbers through 22 games.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Send Dogs forward Cedric Pare easily had his best game of the 2017-18 season last week on Friday, November 17th as he contributed four points in a 7-2 win over the Halifax Moosehead’s. Both goals from Pare were scored on the power play and was named the second star of the game. Pare who missed close to two-weeks of action with a minor injury before returning to action against the Moosehead’s now has 7-5-12 numbers in 21 games played this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic- University of Wisconsin

The former 2016 first round selection snapped a career-high four games pointless slump on Friday night November 17th when he collected a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win over Michigan. On Saturday, November 18th once again matching up against the Michigan team he added an assist in the 4-4 overtime tie as he seems to be back on track offensively. Trent now has 6-7-13 numbers in 15 games this season and is tied for first in scoring with teammate Ryan Wagner.

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

The Badgers Captain also had a great weekend alongside Trent Frederic with a goal on Friday night and Saturday night against Michigan. The Senior forward now has 6-4-10 numbers in 15 games played.

Ryan Donato- Harvard University

Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal on Friday night November 17th against Minnesota and added an assist in Saturday nights repeat matchup against the Gophers. Donato now has points in every game he’s played so far this season and is leading his Crimson team in scoring with 4-5-9 numbers.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The 2017 goaltender selected in the fourth round by the Bruins appeared in one game last week on Friday, November 17th stopping 40 of 42 shots in the 5-2 victory over the Boston University Terriers. Swayman, a freshman this season has appeared in six games posting a record of 3-2-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.71 and .919 save percentage.

Bruins Prospect Pare Returns To Lineup In A Big Way

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Before last night’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s action between the Halifax Mooseheads and Saint John Sea Dogs, Boston Bruins 2017 sixth round selection Cedric Pare missed the last four games due to what’s being called a minor injury but returned to the Sea Dogs last night to be the games Second Star with a four-point effort.

After a short time recovering from his injury, Pare a 6′-2″ 201-pound center was a key player in last night’s 7-2 victory over Halifax even though his efforts were overshadowed by fellow teammate Daniel Hardie’s hat-trick and voted the first star of the game. Pare got back on track offensively at the 15:51 mark of the first period with his sixth goal to get his Sea Dogs the 1-1 tying goal on the power play assisted by Radim Salda and Ostap Safin.

Cedric’s second goal was once again scored on the man advantage at the 14:42 mark of the third period as the center got another helper from fellow teammate Salda and player of the game Hardie for his seventh goal of the season and a 6-2 lead.

The Bruins prospect finished the game and capped off an amazing return to the ice and as mentioned above a four-point effort and even though he was not in the lineup for almost two weeks he has 6-4-10 numbers in his last ten games. He did play well in his first ten games of the season but was only limited to 1-1-2 numbers and has really been a factor lately with increased hard work to be a better two-way player and it’s showing on the stat sheets.

Pare and his 5-12-4-2 Sea Dogs team are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Prince Edward Island to play the 11-8-1-0 Charlottetown Islanders. Puck drops from the EastLink Centre at 3pm and the Bruins prospect look s add to last night success in chasing his second two-game point streak of the season.

You can watch last night’s full game highlights by clicking on the link below.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update

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By: Mark Allred       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Since I do so much research on the prospects in the Boston Bruins organization for our Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast, I thought why not write an article about all the information I gather every week. This is generally focusing on B’s prospects in North America but going to add those who are also a part of the organization while playing in Europe. Hope you all enjoy these as I try to deliver the best updates I can for those interested.

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 5th-Nov. 11th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played two games last week starting on Sunday, Nov 5th at the Dunk in Providence Rhode, Island. Zane McIntyre got the start in his return to the AHL to get in some game action as he’s been up and down Interstate 95 on emergency situations. McIntyre gave up all six goals in a 6-0 shutout loss against the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers stopping 31 of 37 shots.
The second game of the week came on Saturday, Nov 11th with a 4-3 overtime loss to the WBS Penguins who only needed 20 seconds into the extra frame to seal the victory. Baby B’s got goals from Colby Cave and two from Ryan Fitzgerald.  The Providence team is currently in 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 7-4-22-0 record and 15 points after 13 games played this season.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar appeared in back-to-back games last week starting on Friday, Nov. 10th against the South Carolina Stingrays where he gave up two goals but finished strong helping the Glads to a 3-2 overtime win stopping 29 of 31 shots.
The 2015 third-round pick of the NHL Bruins was back in the crease on Saturday night Nov. 11th against the same Stingrays team stopping 30 of 31 shits to help his Glads team to the 2-1 overtime victory. With the two wins over the weekend, the Czech Republic native extends his career high ECHL winning streak to four games and has a 4-1-0-0 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average, and .918 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka is currently on a four-game pointless streak and doesn’t have a goal in his last 11 games. The Center and his Gens team play the Ottawa 67’s tonight and hope to have a better update during next seeks show of his efforts in the OHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Per Kevin Chambers and Craig Eagles who both write about the QMJHL, 2017 6th round pick Cedric Pare last action was on the third of November where he’s believed to have got a minor injury that’s held him out of the last 4 games. We hope Cedric gets back to action soon as he was playing much better before the injury.

Western Hockey League- Brandon Wheat Kings

Boston Bruins, 2017 seventh round defensive selection Daniel Bukac has been out of action since the start of the 2017-18 season and still recovering from offseason surgery. The 6’-5” 207-pound blueliner has been skating during non-team practices per Brandon Sun beat writer Perry Bergson and seems to be anxious for a return from his Twitter activity.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Trent Frederic– University of Wisconsin
The former 2016 first round selection is riding a career-high four games without a single point and no goals in his last five games. In 13 games played Trent has 5-5-10 numbers and looks to snap his offensive struggles with back-to-back games starting this Friday night against Michigan.

Ryan Lindgren– Minnesota
Played in two games over the weekend but only got on the scoresheet on Saturday night when he scored his second goal of the season for the Gophers. In 12 games this year the sophomore has four points, but with his shutdown defensive style, he’s playing well regardless.

Ryan Donato– Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a goal against Colgate on Friday night and added an assist on Saturday night against Cornell. Donato now has a point in every game this season and is 3-4-7 in five appearances.

Bruins Prospect Vladar Is Streaking In Atlanta

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By: Mark Allred                   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The East Coast Hockey Leagues Atlanta Gladiators beat the South Carolina Stingrays last night in overtime by the score of 3-2 giving them their sixth win in eleven games this season and currently on a 6-0-0-1 winning streak as they climb the South Division standings. Also streaking is Boston Bruins 2015 third-round selection Dan Vladar who’s off to his best start in his second year of professional hockey.

In his 2016-17 rookie season, the 6′-5″ 196-pound Czech Republic native posted a 5-9-1-1 record in 18 appearances but this year is off to a good start going 3-1-1 and with a 29 of 31 shot performance in the mentioned 3-2 overtime win last night, earned his first pro three-game winning streak. Vladar took a loss in his first start of the 2017-18 season giving up three goals and although he got the win in his second appearance, giving up five goals to Jacksonville and eight in his first two games was a bit concerning regardless of talent level. His last two games that I’ve seen have been by far his best and seem to be getting into a groove with 1.98 goals against average, and .941 save percentage giving up half the goals from his first two contests.

Here are the video highlights from last night’s Atlanta Gladiators victory:

As injuries and demotions have been an issue the last two seasons, Vladar has played a key role in the developmental levels as he’s traveled up and down the east coast from Atlanta, Georgia to the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins in the State of Rhode Island. When recalled to the Baby B’s the agile goaltender has shown great promise posting a record of 4-0-1 last season with a 2.62 GAA and .921 save% to a 1-1 record this season and 1.46 GAA and .949 save%. This is definite proof while playing with a better-structured defense at the AHL level he’ll have a good career as soon as he’s a permanent member of the Bruins top minor-pro tandem in Providence in the near future.

Atlanta is back in action tonight with another game at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South division’s third-place Stingrays who the Gladiators trail by only two points and could tie with a regulation win when the puck drops at 7:05. With Bruins prospect Vladar getting the start in last night’s win, look for Glads netminder Matt Ginn to get the nod in goal as the Atlanta team looks to remain perfect through the current winning streak.