Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #69 10-30-17

By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back for episode 69 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule ahead as the month of November is going to be a challenging one for this team And of course the popular Bruins Prospect Report and Patreon what Ya Bruin MailBag.

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Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #68 10-22-17

By: Mark Allred     Follow Us On Twitter @BlackAndGold277  @BlackNGoldPod

Welcome back for episode 68 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we get together to talk about the tough game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the great offensive effort against the Vancouver Canucks and the 4-1 come from behind win for the Buffalo Sabres to end the week.
We also touch on the games for the upcoming week against the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.
And of course the popular Bruins Prospect Report and Patreon what Ya Bruin MailBag.

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If you’d like to support the show and are an Amazon or Fanatics, shopper, we ask that you, please use our blackngoldhockeyblog.com advertising partner banner located to the right of the screen in our affiliation link area. By going through our website every time you shop we get a commission.

You can also financially support our show by donating $1 and have exclusive access to our new “What Ya Bruin” Mailbag segment where paying contributors get their questions answered with the highest priority. Go to patreon.com/blackngoldhockeypodcast for another way to cut the operating costs.

Follow us on Twitter at:
Mark Allred @BlackAndGold277
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Bruins Prospect Donato’s Five Point Game

( Above Photo Credit:  The Boston Globe / John Tlumacki / Globe Staff )

By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect and Harvard University forward Ryan Donato had an exceptional game tonight against the Under-18 United States National Development team in exhibition play. The Crimson owned the NTDP team during the game and came away with a 7-2 victory as Head Coach and former Bruins player Ted Donato prepare to kick the 2017-18 regular season off with a game against Dartmouth on October 29th.

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The 6′-0″ 181-pound forward was the second round selection of the Bruins back in 2014 and is currently in his Junior year. Last year Donato had a career year posting 40 points in 36 games and definitely has the potential and surrounding teammates to surpass that number this season. Tonight the 21-year-old crafty player had a hat-trick and two assists for a five-point effort and his goals and highlights can be seen from the Harvard University official Mens Hockey Twitter account below.

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Bruins Prospect Frederic Shines In Overtime Loss

(Brighton, MA 07/07/17) #57 Trent Frederic jumps over a rope during Bruins development camp at the Warrior Ice Arena. Friday, July 7, 2017. Staff photo by John Wilcox.

By: Mark Allred                     Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Wisconsin Badgers snapped a three-game winning streak last night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the hands of the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The Badgers will try to seek redemption today as both teams are set to face each other at 5pm CT. Although the second loss in six games was tough, the efforts of Boston Bruins forward prospect Trent Frederic cannot go unmentioned.

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Frederic, a 6′-3″ 215-pound St. Louis, Missouri native was selected with the 29th pick in the 2016 National Hockey League entry-draft and is currently playing in his sophomore year with the Badgers contributing seven points in six games this season and is riding a three-game point streak going 3-1-4 during that time. His longest career NCAA  Men’s Hockey point streak was in his freshman year when he had points in eight straight games during the 2016-17 season.

Below are clips of Frederic’s two-goal effort from last night which was a 2017-18 season high for him.

First Period – Frederic ties the score at one with his third goal of the season assisted by Peter Tischke and Matt Ustaski at 14:39

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Third Period – Frederic once again there to tie the score at four and forcing the Wildcats to overtime with his fourth goal of the year with the lone assist to Ryan Wagner at 17:50

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Trent is on track to pass his career high of 33 points in 30 games last year where he missed some time with an upper-body injury, so if he remains healthy for the remainder of the season, I can definitely see him passing his 15-18-33 numbers as he continues to develop under the guidance of former NHL player and now Badgers Head Coach Tony Granato.

 

Baby B’s Agostino Awarded AHL Honors

( Above Photo Credit:   Youtube )

By: Mark Allred                    Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins took a low-risk gamble when they signed Kenny Agostino from free agency with intentions of adding depth no matter what level barring waiver pickup from another franchise. With no takers via priority claim for last seasons American Hockey League scoring champion, his demotion to the Providence Bruins was yes a disappointment, but one of motivation to work harder to get back to the National Hockey League. The 6′-0″ 203-pound left winger reported to the Baby B’s and has played with an incredibly positive attitude and is one of the leaders of the offensive core that’s young enough to learn from his experiences.

Today the AHL awarded the New Jersey native with last week’s CCM/AHL Player Of The Week with his 2-3-5 numbers in games against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night and Toronto Marlies the very next night. These numbers are not including his Providence debut on Saturday, October 7, 2017, against the mentioned Thunderbirds.

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Agostino and his Providence Bruins team get back to work for three straight contests this weekend starting on Friday night on the road in Springfield then the next two at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island against the Belleville Senators on Saturday night and finish off the weekend with an afternoon game on Sunday against the Laval Rocket.

For those who haven’t seen much of what kind of player Agostino is, I encourage you to watch these Youtube highlight videos below.

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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 5

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Photo Credit: @bluinsfan2017 on Twitter

By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog

PREGAME NOTES

This will be the first time that the Bruins have ever played the Golden Knights, and their first time playing a game in the new T-Mobile Arena in Nevada. Yet again, there will be the absence of both Patrice Bergeron and David Backes as they are still on the IR. The lineups are almost exactly the same as last night, but Frank Vatrano has regained his spot in the roster from Austin Czarnik. An interesting move, but we’ll see if it pays off for bench boss Bruce Cassidy. Malcolm Subban, former Bruins first-round pick, will make his first start tonight as a Golden Knight while Rask starts for the B’s.

What I Am Looking Forward To

It’ll be interesting to see how Malcolm Subban does tonight. He has zero wins in his first two NHL games played. But he is going up against the team that waived him, which could be a good or bad thing. The Bruins should know where to shoot on him, but Subban should also know the tendencies of the players on the Bruins. It’ll definitely be fun to watch this matchup unfold.

PERIOD ONE

The Bruins started off the game where they had left off last night against Arizona. They clearly had the momentum, keeping the Knights on their heels. A recurring theme was pucks put in front of the net in the offensive zone. Bruins couldn’t convert though. We had a faceoff violation about halfway through the period. It was riveting. David Perron tried to pull a fast one on the ref by placing his foot about two inches out of the designated area. But ol’ stripes was having none of it. Thank goodness we have these guys cleaning up our rinks and making them a safe place to correctly take a faceoff. Still the dumbest rule out there. On the ensuing power play, the Bruins had a lot of troubles setting up in the Knight’s zone. The Knights even sprung a player for a breakaway, but Brad Marchand made sure to put an end to that. Stand out player for me so far is David Krejci. I’ve seen him multiple times break into the zone and dance around with the puck, and then finding an open passing lane. Hopefully, he can continue to do so. Overall, it was a meh period for both teams.

Scoring

BOS – N/A

VGK – N/A

PERIOD TWO

As of 26:28 into the game, the shots are split at 6 each. For those who don’t know, that is not a lot. Not even close. It may be due to the amount of time each team is spending slapping the puck around in the neutral zone. Later in the period, VGK started to heat up. Alex Tuch picked Sean Kuraley’s pocket and walked into the zone untouched and beat Rask. The Knights came back down the ice again and scored on a scramble play. Adam McQuaid made a heroic leap to try and block a shot but ended up just flopping onto Tuukka Rask’s pads and stopping him from getting back up. The Bruins were definitely outplayed that period. They still only have 15 total shots on Subban after two. Not ideal to let a young, inexperienced goalie be eased into a game like that.

Scoring

BOS – N/A

VGK – Tuch, Shipachyov (Tuch, Engelland)

PERIOD THREE

The third period started just as the second ended. Terribly. The Bruins could only get very limited shots and net and when they did the majority of them were so easy you could put in one of those shooting dummies that you put in the net for road hockey as your goalie and it would still save it. One of the few “Highlights” in the third for the Bruins was when Kevan Miller tried to fight David Perron. And there were no punches thrown. That was how un-exciting the period was. Scary moment with McQuaid going down and not getting up to quick after taking a shot to the leg. With 30 seconds left, the Bruins had four shots in the third. And they had just gotten that fourth shot for a very greasy goal that was put in the net by Karlsson on his own team. But of course, it was too little, too late. Vegas got the empty-netter and the Bruins finish their Western road trip at 1-2 after a very disappointing game. The four-day rest will hopefully do them well.

Scoring

BOS – Pastrnak

VGK – ENG Lindberg

POSTGAME

A textbook example of what NOT to do. Really only 5 shots from below the top of the circle since Pastrnak shot from behind the goal line and banked it in on his goal. This is exactly why Subban, a goalie who has 6 professional hockey shutouts almost got another tonight.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Tuukka Rask- Rask saved 24 of 26 shots tonight. Not his best, but he was the only thing that kept the game somewhat close. He made some key saves, mainly the one against Reilly Smith on a breakaway.

2nd: Torey Krug – Krug was one of the better players in a terrible game by the Bruins as a whole. When Boston did have the puck in the offensive end, he was doing his usual thing of getting pucks to the net and make passes to open up the zone.

3rd:  David Pastrnak – Pastrnak had a decent game, but I should probably have him in the Three Stars just because he was credited with the goal. Other than that, not much to rave about.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Malcolm Subban – I try to only have Bruins players in my Three Stars/MUP, but this game shows that in the right situation, Subban could be pretty good. It sucks that the Bruins couldn’t find a scenario that they could work with him and that they lost him for nothing.

BIRDHOUSE – Round-up of the best Tweets during the game

NEXT GAME

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 in Boston VS Vancouver

 

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Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast Episode 64

By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 64 of our show in partnership with Grandstand Sports Network. On this weeks show Mark fly’s solo as his two faithful co-hosts take some much-needed vacation time to prepare for the NHL start of the 2017-18 season.

This week SB Nation’s Stanley Cup of Chowdah Bruins writer Colin Beswick joined me and later QMJHL Scout, TV Colour Analyst, and writer Craig Eagles came on the show to talk about Bruins prospects Jakub Zboril and recently drafted Cedric Pare. Both were great guests and class acts for taking the time to do this. I look forward to both writer returns to the show.

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Bruins Prospect Shines In 2017-18 Season Debut

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Jack Studnicka puts on the Boston Bruins jersey after being selected 53rd overall during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. BRUCE BENNETT / GETTY IMAGES

By: Mark Allred                        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins 2017 Second-Round selection Jack Studnicka certainly made the best of his release from the summer offseason training camp events in Boston to return to his Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals in style with a four-point effort and 8-2 pounding over opponent Sudbury Wolves.

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The 6′-2″ 180-pound right-shooting center had 2-2-4 numbers to start his third year of Canadian Junior Hockey tonight and had a solid season before getting selected 54th in round two as he contributed 18-34-52 totals in 64 games played.  If you want a solid prediction of what kind of year this kid might have, check out OHL Writers Regional Prospect guru Dominic Tiano’s Tweet below, and if this is what’s to be expected it’s another solid selection moving forward in the developmental scheme of the Bruins.

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As being a recent draft pick I can only go on what I’ve seen on video and his first development/main camp experience and have to say he’s a quick player with a set of crafty hands. Smart player with nice passing skills as he seems to be a look first unselfish type of player and I’m only basing my words on same team training sessions.

I’m definitely going to be paying more attention with a closer eye with available streams when I can but will heavily rely on the fantastic members of the Minor League Hockey community such as Guy FlamingSteve Kournianos, Dobber Prospects Radio, and the mentioned Dominic Tiano for their knowledge and insight of tomorrow’s stars. If you’re a prospect person and need solid outlets, I highly recommend you give them a follow.

David Pastrnak Re-Ups with Boston Bruins

David Pastrnak

Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

By: Bob Mand             Follow Me On Twitter @HockeyMand

David Pastrnak signed a 6 year, 40 million dollar extension with the Boston Bruins Thursday morning ending months of speculation regarding the relationship between the team and the player. The deal includes no trade clause and will have the winger in Black and Gold at least through the summer of 2023.

Finally <exhales>.

Many in the Boston area and the sports world in general were concerned that the relationship had degraded significantly following ceaseless conjecture about the negotiation’s sticking-points. Some had opined that the Bruins’ forward was asking for double-digit rewards and some that the Bruins wouldn’t budge above their current leaders’ (Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci) salaries… both assumptions were proven wrong Thursday morning, though the scales certainly appear tilted in the team’s favor.

The signing marked what some consider a complete coup by the Bruins’ management group, especially given the contracts recently handed out to Alexander Wennberg and Leon Draisaitl. Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney said, “Draisaitl is a comparable, certainly, as were other players.”

“There’s a lot of variables that go into it, a lot of work…” said Sweeney. That work played out in a four-month melodrama with hints of fleeing overseas, bombshells dropped by GMs in other cities, and rumors of ridiculous demands by both parties.

There’s a lot of good and a teaspoon of ‘bad’ in the Bruins’ now ironed-out arrangement with Pasta. The deal is almost a full two million dollars per season less than Edmonton’s contract with Draisaitl. Pasta is better and younger than many of his in-range comparables… and if exceeded, only exceeded by a very limited amount.

The main drawback of this deal is the length. I – and many others – were hoping for a longer, perhaps the eight-year max deal, to buy out an extra two years of unrestricted free agent eligibility from Pastrnak. If he plays like one might expect him to – with a perennial 30-45-75 slash, minimum – he will be due for a monster (repeat monster) deal after the 2022-23 campaign. Six years is a long way off, true, but Pastrnak will (unlike many players coming off a long-term second contract) still be deep in his prime at age 27. Financially it might have been better to bite the bullet on an extra half-million to million annually to preserve their rights until his age-28 year.

Conversely, by retaining Pastrnak for only $6.67 million AAV, the Bruins opened a window to add another veteran to help the Bergeron and Co. core win now. According to Capfriendly, with a 22 man roster (meaning two players riding the elevator to the press box each night), the Boston Bruins are $2.6 million under the cap.

If the Bruins were to trade for, let’s say, a winger with a cap hit just shy of six million, they could manage it even now if they sent back a little salary in addition to perhaps getting some cap retention from the other side. Their cap space balloons to over twelve million dollars come the deadline, giving them the flexibility to add more than one skater, should the need arise. Now, and for the next half-dozen years, Boston will be the beneficiary of some savvy leverage-work by Sweeney.

“We feel like David is a big part of what [they’re doing] going forward,” said GM Don Sweeney at his press conference this morning. About that, there is no question now. No question at all.