Report: Bruins Prospect Cedric Pare Is Heading To Providence

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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Reports out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Seas Dogs organization is Boston Bruins prospect and Sea Dogs forward Cedric Pare is heading to the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season. With Saint John’s 2017-18 regular season ending on March 17th, 2018, the 2017 sixth-round selection became available to join the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Bruins in the AHL.

Pare is a 19-year-old and is ineligible to play in the AHL on a permanent basis per CHL/NHL agreement stating any player under the age of 20 either has to sign a full-time NHL contract or be returned to his Major Junior team. The Pintendre, Quebec native, has yet to sign an Entry-Level contract, so his movement up to the minor-pro level means he will likely not get into any of the 12 remaining regular-season games with Providence or upcoming Calder Cup playoffs.  His level up, for the time being, is likely a move to keep him practicing and staying in shape while being surrounded in a professional atmosphere. If an injury happens to a player on the current Providence Bruins roster, he could be an asset and ready to play, but that remains to be seen of course.

The reason why I’m optimistic on Pare playing in any games with his stay around the Baby B’s is the fact that  2015 first-round selection Zach Senyshyn joined Providence after his commitment to his former OHL’s Ste. Marie Greyhounds was over Zach appeared in zero regular-season games in the Spring of 2017. He did, in fact, get involved in four post-season games in the playoffs with Providence but that was due to an injury to fellow prospect and fellow right-winger Peter Cehlarik and although played decent he didn’t contribute on the stat sheet.

The 6′-3″ 205-pound center finished his 2017-18 campaign and second full season in the QMJHL with 13-24-37 totals and career 54 points in 129 games. Playing most of his “Q” career as a bottom-six player, he was forced into a higher role on the team when the Sea Dogs traded Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for a significant amount of draft picks seemingly setting up for a Saint John’s rebuild. After the Veleno trade in December of 2017, Sea Dogs first-year Head Coach Josh Dixon had confidence and knew what type of leader and player Pare would be with an increased role as a top-six forward and special teams member for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, the Sea Dogs had a disappointing 2017-18 season only posting 14 victories in 68 games ending up in the last position tied with the Shawinigan Cataractes with 39 points. With a boat-load of draft picks coming up for the Sea Dogs and their additions moving forward, the return of Pare to the “Q” and said leadership will be a valued asset to both him as a developing player and Sea Dogs organization who won the President’s Trophy as the best club in the 2016-17 season and a right to represent the QMJHL in the 2017 Memorial Cup  that was held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

Below are some recent Saint John Sea Dogs game highlights and a few of Bruins prospect Cedric Pare’s better games last season.


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

Halifax Mooseheads v Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

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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

Ice Hockey, CHL, Quarter-Final, Brynäs - Ocelari Trinec

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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 #79 1-8-18

By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 79 of the Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast in partnership with Grandstand Sports Network the best view in sports. This week we welcomed to the show, Bruins writer and author of the book 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Matt Kalman to the show for a fun discussion of interesting Bruins topics in kind of a Q&A session.

Also, added a great discussion with Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament Founder and Sudbury Mass. FireFighter Mike Matros on the show to share some information about the upcoming festivities being held at the eight-rink New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts during the weekend of April 20th-22nd 2018. For more information on this great event, please go to

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Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th 2017

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th, 2017

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team wrapped up the final three games of the season-long eight-game road trip last week and went 2-1 to end the 2017 calendar year. The week started in Utica, New York on Wednesday, December 27th at Adirondack Bank Center against the Utica Comets and the B’s walked away with a 5-4 shootout victory. B’s goal scorers were Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson with his 10th assisted by Austin Czarnik and Kenny Agostino at the 4:09 mark of the second period to tie the score at one apiece. Jumping to the third period Adam Payerl ties the score at 2-2 with his second goal of the season at the 6:28 mark assisted by Colby Cave and Colton Hargrove.

Providence forward Justin Hickman got his 4th of the year at 9:40 of the third assisted by Chris Porter and Payerl and were down to Utica by the score of 4-3. At the 18:47 mark of the third period recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his second of the year unassisted to tie the score at 4-4 to force overtime. There was no scoring in the extra frame which resulted in a shootout that was won from the effort of Kenny Agostino who had some quick hands and shoulder movements to fake Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko out of his skates for the 5-4 victory.
Zane McIntyre got the start on the rare mid-week contest and stopped 26 of 30 shots for his 11th win of the season.

Stars of the game for the B’s against the Comets were Austin Czarnik with the third star, and first star honors went to Jakob-Forsbacka-Karlsson.

The second to last game of the road trip had the Providence team staying in the city of Utica, New York on December 29th with another tilt against the Comets and the B’s played much better on this night only giving up one goal to the opposition leading to a 3-1 victory. B’s goal scorers were defenseman Connor Clifton with his 2nd of the season at the 4:53 mark of the first period assisted by Zach Senyshyn and Kenny Agostino. Moving to the second period with ten seconds remaining in the middle frame Austin Czarnik nets his 9th of the year assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Agostino.

The Comets pull goaltender Richard Bachman late in the third period, but with six seconds remaining in the third frame, Anton Blidh scores an empty-net goal for his 6th goal of the season which went unassisted.
Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the start on this night stopping 21 of 22 Utica shots for his 9th win of the season and 7th straight victory in a row. The 24-year-old Binnington is undoubtedly putting in an All-Star effort this season coming from the St. Louis Blues organization and should get recognition for his efforts in the All-Star game being held in Utica this year. Jordan has a league-best goal-against-average of 1.59, and second-ranked .938 save percentage.

Bruins stars of the game against the Comets were Kenny Agostino with the 3rd Star and Connor Clifton with the 1st Star.

The third game of the week and final of the month-long road trip had the Providence team crossing the border into Ontario, Canada on December 30th against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators but unfortunately, the B’s could not hold off the pesky Sens and lost 3-2 in overtime. After the Bruins went scoreless and down 2-0 in the first period, they made a courageous effort to make a game of it with a goal from big defenseman Chris Breen who scored his first of the season at the 17:44 mark of the middle frame assisted by Kenny Agostino and Jordan Szwarz. Tying the game at two a piece at the 12:26 mark of the third period, scrappy forward Anton Blidh scored his 7th and second goal in as many nights to eventually force the two teams to overtime.

Belleville would only need 1:47 into the extra session to take advantage of a discombobulated Bruins defense which left the B’s goaltender out high and dry to end the game and the forever long road trip.
Zane McIntyre got the start in this nights game stopping 29 of 32 and looks to get back on track with his efforts from last season as the new 2018 calendar year has turned.

No Bruins factored in the three stars of the game against the Sens.

The Providence Bruins end 2017 with a 21-8-3-0 record earning 45 points good for first in the Atlantic Division and first in the Eastern Conference. Also, the team is currently on a three-game unbeaten streak and 7-2-1 in last ten.

East Coast Hockey League

The Atlanta Gladiators played in three games last week, and Boston Bruins third-round pick in 2015 goaltender Dan Vladar got to see action in two of those contests between the pipes. The first game was at home on Wednesday, December 27th when he stopped 42 of 46 shots taking a 4-0 shutout to the hands of rival Florida Everblades and suffering his 8th loss of the year. The second game of the week came on Saturday, December 30th on the road against the South Carolina Stingrays and made 27 of 30 shots for a 3-1 loss and 9th defeat of the season.
Vladar has now appeared in 18 games for the “AA” Premier League Gladiators and has a record of 7-9-1-0 with a 3.06 goals-against-average and .907 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League

The Oshawa Generals played in two games last week after the 2017 Holiday stoppage and b’s prospect forward Jack Studnicka was ready to get back to work with two assists at home on Thursday night December 28th in a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters. The second game of the week was on Friday night December 29th on the road against the Ottawa 67’s and got another two helpers in a 4-3 win in the Canadian Capital City. In 37 game played this season for the Gens the 18-year-old 2017 B’s second-round pick leads his club in assists and overall points with 10-27-37 numbers.

Staying with the Generals team is Bruins goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser who was in net for both victories last week improving his season record to 11-6-0 with a 2.98 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage. With the two wins last week the Bruins free agent signing from Coral Springs, Florida is now on a four-game winning streak.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

The Saint John Sea Dogs appeared in three games after the holiday break and Bruins prospect forward Cedric Pare factored in two of the three contests. The 2017 sixth-round B’s draft pick scored a goal at home against Cape Breton on Thursday night December 28th and added an assist on Friday night December 29th at home against Moncton to get his season and career-high point streak to six games. Unfortunately, that impressive streak was snapped against rival Moncton this time on the road when the top-six forward failed to get on the score sheet to end the 2017 year.

Western Hockey League

The Brandon Wheat Kings played in four games after the mandated holiday break last week, and Bruins 2017 7th round pick Daniel Bukac manned the blue line in all of them. The big defenseman who had offseason surgery returned to action at the beginning of December last year, and after going pointless in his first six contests of the 2017-18 season, he has an assist in three of the four games played last week and is currently on a two-game point streak.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Harvard University’s Ryan Donato continues to have his best year in the college ranks scoring a point-per-game in all in the 2017-18 campaign. Returning to action after almost a month off the talented forward got back to work offensively when his Crimson team appeared in the Catamount Cup Holiday Tournament that was held in Burlington, Vermont. The first Cup game was against Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell Riverhawks on Friday December 29th where he scored a goal in a 5-2 loss but was explosive in the second game on Saturday, December 30th against host and Hockey East’s Vermont Catamounts where he scored three goals and added an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games. The 2014 Bruins draft pick leads the team with 12-8-20 numbers and is ranked 39th in scoring in the country.

2018 World Junior Championship Tournament

Six Boston Bruins prospects are playing in the popular U-20 tournament in the Buffalo, New York area and at about the half-way point of the festivities below are some stats on how they are doing offensively.

Team USA
D – Ryan Lindgren   4GP 0 points
F – Trent Frederic   4GP 1-0-1
G – Jeremy Swayman Not Played As of Yet

Team Finland
F – Joona Koppanen   4GP 3-1-1
D – Urho Vaakanainen   4GP 0-1-1

Team Sweden
F – Oskar Steen   4GP 1-1-2

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 Continues Point Streak

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs are not exactly having the best season thus far in the 2017-18 campaign and are currently ranked second to last in points with 29 in 37 games played and were forced to make a drastic decision for the sustainability of the franchise’s future. One move that changed the face of the club was the trade earlier in December of 2017 that sent 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft eligible Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for a plethora of future first-round draft picks to rebuild the team in an effort to return someday as the leagues best and Presidents Cup Champions status they claimed only a season ago.

With moves like this, it creates opportunities for others currently on the Sea Dogs team such as Boston Bruins forward prospect Cedric Pare who went from playing in a bottom-six role to finding himself as a first-line center and reaping the benefits of his promotion. Pare was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft held in Chicago, Illinois and even though he was a late round gamble to an NHL Bruins franchise continuing to build from developing within.

As a bottom-six role player, the 6′-2″ 201-pound Pare didn’t exactly rip it up offensively before his promotion to the top line only contributing 7-6-13 numbers in 28 games but since the Veleno trade went down on December 8,2017, he’s put together a six-game point streak with 2-7-9 in that timeframe, and gaining major trust from first-year Sea dogs bench boss Josh Dixon. Pare has not only earned his new role as a second-year player in one of Canada’s top-three Junior leagues, but he’s also earned more time on the power-play with six of his career-high nine goals coming on the man advantage.  This year Cedric has 9-13-22 numbers in 34 games played.

Below are the highlights of his last game on Friday night December 29, 2017, where he earned an assist to bring his 2017-18 season and career-high point streak to where it is today.

The 11-19-5-2 Sea Dogs are currently on a three-game winning streak and get back on the ice when Pare and his teammates travel to face the 15-16-3-3 Moncton Wildcats for the second time in three days. Puck drops from the Moncton Coliseum this afternoon at 2pm.

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team played in two games last week to continue the season-long eight-game road trip. The first game of the week had the B’s in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday night December 22nd against the Hartford Wolf Pack and unfortunately lost 6-4 suffering their second loss of the month-long stretch on the road.

B’s goals scored by Justin Hickman who got his second of the season which went unassisted at 12:31 of the first period to tie the game at one apiece. Recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his first goal in his second game with Providence at the 14:52 mark of the first period assisted by Ben Marshall and Josh Hennessy. The only B’s goal in the second period came from Kenny Agostino who scored his 8th of the year just seconds into the middle frame assisted by Colton Hargrove and Austin Czarnik. The final B’s goal and second of the game came from Hickman who scored his third of the year assisted by Emil Johansson and Jesse Gabrielle who got his third point in 20 games and its currently on a career-high two-game-point streak.

Zane McIntyre stopped 34 of 39 shots and got his sixth loss of the 2017-18 campaign. Zane has not been himself in his last three games after going on a five-game winning streak to start the month of December. In the previous three appearances, he has a goals-against-average of 4.63, and .856 save percentage.

The second game of last week was on Saturday night December 23rd when the B’s traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds before taking the Christmas holiday break. This was an entertaining game between the two clubs that started quickly with the B’s getting on the board first in the opening period with a goal from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his 9th of the season assisted by Kenny Agostino at the 1:09 mark of the opening frame.

The Thunderbirds would tie the score at one a little over two minutes later on the power-play. This was a defensive and goaltending juggernaut as both teams failed to put the biscuit in the basket for the next 40 minutes of action leading into the overtone frame where neither team could end the game. JFK got the shootout winner who gave the Providence team the 2-1 victory at the MassMutual Center. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington got the win stopping 23 of 24 Thunderbirds shots and now has a season record of 8-1-1 with a 1.65 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage since joining the Providence team from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of this season.

The Next games for the Providence team is on Wednesday, December 27th when the B’s play game six of the current road trip against the Utica Comets. To finish the long trip the B’s play Utica one more time on Friday, December 29th and they finish with a contest in Belleville, Ontario against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators.

Providence is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division when it comes to points (40) and has a record of 19-8-2-0 and is 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games.

Atlanta Gladiators – East Coast Hockey League

The Gladiators played in three games last week and Bruins 2015 third round goaltending prospect Dan Vladar appeared in one of those contests with a victory on Friday night December, 22nd at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South Carolina Stingrays. Vladar helped his Glads team to a 4-3 regulation win while stopping 28 of 31 Stingrays shots for his 7th win of the 2017-18 season. The big, athletic netminder is now 7-7-1-0 on the year with a 3.00 goals-against-average, and .907 save percentage in 16 games played for the Premier “AA” minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins.

Due to the Holidays, there were no Bruins prospect games last week in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, or the NCAA collegiate levels. Most of the leagues mentioned will be back in operation starting on December, 27th.

2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

This years event will be hosted in Buffalo, New York in two different locations to maximize the number of games played during the week-long event. Games will be played at the KeyBank Center and the HarborCenter with one game being played outdoors at the New Era Field in Orchard Park,. New York featuring team Canada and team USA on December, 29th.

Boston Bruins prospects participating in this year event are defenseman Urho Vaakanainen and forward Joona Koppanen both of Team Finland. Goaltender Jeremy Swayman, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and forward Trent Frederic all playing for Team USA. Forward Oskar Steen of Team Sweden rounds out the B’s young players involved in this year’s festivities.

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 12/3/17 to 12/9/17

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277 

Bruins Prospect Update Dec. 3rd-Dec. 9th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Baby B’s played in three games last week going 3-0 and continue their unbeaten streak to five games. The week started in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Webster Bank Arena on Sunday, December 3rd with an afternoon game against the Sound Tigers and walked away with a 4-1 victory. Bruins got goals from Austin Czarnik with his sixth at 17:32 of the second period assisted by Anton Blidh. At the 0:21 mark of the third period Colton Hargrove got his seventh goal assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Austin Czarnik. Newcomer and resident tough guy Sena Acolatse with his first goal as a Bruin at 6:52 of the third from Blidh and Tommy Cross. Ending the night with an empty-netter at 18:37 of the third and second goal of the game was Czarnik assisted by Jakub Zboril. Goaltender Zane McIntyre stopped 26 of 27 shots for his seventh win of the season.

On Friday night December 8th the Baby B’s started game one of three at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Bruins went back and forth with the Wolf Pack team, but in the end, the better team got it done in the shootout-winning 4-3. Bruins goals scored by Colby Cave with his third of the season at 12:11 of the second period assisted by Zach Senyshyn and Kenny Agostino. Rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson added his seventh at the 12:19 mark of the 2nd from Anton Blidh and recently called up from the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators Ben Marshall. Speedy veteran Jordan Szwarz got his eighth of the year at the 19:20 mark of the third period from Colby Cave and Forsbacka-Karlsson. Third-year pro Austin Czarnik had the shootout winner to send the 7,802 fans home happy. Bruins goaltender McIntyre got his eighth win of the season stopping 33 of 36 shots and continued his winning streak to three straight games.

The final game of the week was on Saturday, December 9th once again at the Dunk in Providence when the Utica Comets came to town for back-to-back home games. This was another tight back and forth night, but the Baby B’s came out with the 3-2 overtime victory. Bruins goals by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his eighth of the season at 2:03 of the second period assisted by Rob O’Gara and Jakub Zboril. Former Quinnipiac University defenseman Connor Clifton with his first goal of the year and shorthanded tally at the 16:33 mark of the third period from Austin Czarnik. Top five in points on the year Jordan Szwarz was the hero in the extra frame scoring his ninth at 3:19 of overtime from Czarnik and Agostino.
Bruins goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the win in net stopping 34 of 36 shots to increase his record to 6-1-1 and his fourth straight victory. Binnington has a 1.84 goals-against-average, and .933 save percentage in eight games played this season since coming over from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of the season.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE.

Providence Bruins
Fan Club

PO Box 40963
Providence, RI 02940

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar appeared in three games last week and walked away with a 2-1 record. On Sunday, December 3rd the 2015 third round pick stopped 50 of 51 shots for his fifth win of the season against the Orlando Solar Bears. His next victory came on Wednesday night December 6th when he stopped 23 of 24 shots against the Jacksonville IceMen for his sixth win of the year. His two-game winning streak came to a crashing halt on Friday night December 8th when the Greenville Swamp Rabbits beat the Gladiators by the score of 4-3 stopping 34 of 38 shots on goal. Vladar now has a 6-6-1 record with a 2.85 goals-against-average, and .911 save percentage in 14 games played so far this season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Center Cedric Pare played in three games last week and snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist on Saturday night December 9th in a 5-2 loss to Acadia-Bathurst. The late round pick of the B’s has moved up from a bottom six role to a top six and should increase his offensive productivity with higher expectations as he gains more trust from Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon.

Western Hockey League – Brandon Wheat Kings

Kings defenseman and Bruins 2017 seventh-round draft pick Daniel Bukac returned to his Brandon team playing in three games last week after a long recovery from offseason surgery. He had four shots on goal in those games but went pointless as he adjusts to the riggers of the blue line in the tough WHL.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

The 2015 sixth-round pick of the B’s played in two games last week both against the University of Notre Dame. On Friday night December 8th he had got his seventh goal of the season but failed to get on the scoreboard the following night. In 21 games this season the senior center has 7-8-15 numbers as Captain of his Badgers team.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The Bruins fourth-round selection in 2017 has been playing well in his first season with the Black Bears and certainly seeing a lot of rubber. Playing in two games last week the Anchorage, Alaska native appeared in both games against the Quinnipiac Bobcats with a 7-4 victory on Friday, December 8th and a 5-3 win on Saturday, December 9th. In both games combined the freshman faced 95 shots on goal and increased his overall record this season to 7-3-1 with a 2.58 goals-against-average and .927 save percentage.

Swayman was voted last week’s Hockey East Player of the Week and was also added to the preliminary roster for the upcoming 2018 World Junior Championships set to kick off on December 26th from Buffalo, New York. He’s currently on a three-game winning streak and is 4-1 in his last five contests.

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #75 12-11-17

By: Mark Allred      Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 75 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule for the upcoming week. We went over a wide range of Bruins related topics in this episode and also had the great pleasure of having first-time guest Drew Johnson, a Quinnipiac University Journalism Major. Drew covers the Bruins/NCAA Hockey for The Hockey Writers website. We also have our weekly Bruins prospect update for the week of 12/03/17 to 12-/09/17.

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