After A Switch To Left Wing, Frederic Is Ready To Step Up His Offensive Game

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By Carrie Young | Follow Me On Twitter @carrieyoung512

“A real solid two-way center with size” are the words that John Ferguson Jr., executive director of player personnel for the Boston Bruins, used to describe Trent Frederic after he was drafted in 2016. The Bruins had just missed the playoffs for the second year in a row and were looking for players who could make an impact at the NHL level in the near future. They certainly found that in Charlie McAvoy, who was chosen with the first of the Bruins’ two first-round picks that year.

Fifteen picks later, at twenty-ninth overall, fellow USA Hockey National Team Development Program alum Trent Frederic heard his name called and donned the spoked B for the first time. The pick used to draft Frederic was acquired a year earlier when Boston traded goalie Martin Jones to San Jose in exchange for a 2016 first-rounder and prospect Sean Kuraly. Jones had just carried the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final a few weeks before the draft, so all eyes were on the Bruins to see if the trade could work out in their favor.

Though Frederic was labeled by Bruins scouts as “[not] a top two-line guy,” the first-round label placed high expectations on the young prospect’s shoulders. He played for two years at the University of Wisconsin before making the jump to the AHL’s Providence Bruins. He also made the USA World Junior Championship team in 2018. At every level throughout the years, he played center. He was drafted as a center and even had an opportunity to center Boston’s third line in the 2018-19 season.

This season, though, the Bruins coaching staff decided to switch it up. When Frederic was called up to Boston due to injuries, he was put on the fourth line’s left-wing alongside Par Lindholm and Paul Carey. Though he didn’t register a point in two games, he was put back on the left-wing after he returned to Providence. The Bruins’ game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on November 22nd saw Frederic in the starting lineup on the left side of Cameron Hughes.

“It was my first time playing left-wing [in Providence], so it was my third game in a long time, but I felt really comfortable,” Frederic said after the game. “[Cameron Hughes] and [Jakub Lauko] helped me, so sometimes I was playing on the right, or sometimes I was playing middle or center down low, so it was good. I had some more chances to make plays on the left-wing tonight, more [plays] came to me. So, I don’t have much experience, but I liked it.”

The switch seems to have sparked Frederic’s offensive abilities. He scored his first goal of the year in the win against Bridgeport, then went on to score another goal two days later against the Hershey Bears. He also added two assists in that span.

The Providence coaching staff recognized that Frederic was looking comfortable on the wing, so he has mainly been playing that role ever since. Saturday night’s game against Charlotte marks the fourth time in the past five games that Frederic has started on the left side. This doesn’t mean that the Bruins no longer see him as a candidate to fill in at center in Boston, but it does prove that he could be more versatile than previously thought. With centers Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Charlie Coyle now locked up for multiple years, Frederic might have a better opportunity to make an impact in the NHL on the wing. His two-way ability and physical presence have been proven. A little more offense will go a long way, no matter what position he plays.

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Bruins Game 12 Preview: San Jose Sharks


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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

The first month of the 2019-20 NHL season is just about to finish and the Boston Bruins will look to come out victorious in the final game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. This past weekend, the Bruins won both games in their first back-to-back of the season, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday. Boston is now second in the Atlantic Division with an 8-1-2 record.

San Jose made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, but have come off to a slow October start, performing at a record of 4-7-1 through the opening twelve games. The Sharks have lost two straight games and have an abysmal 2-5-1 record on the road.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Tuukka Rask 5-0-1 1.48 GAA .952 SV% Last Game: 26 Saves in 3-0 win vs STL

SJS: Martin Jones (Likely) 2-5-1 3.39 GAA .892 SV% Last Game: Pulled after 1 Goal on 7 Shots vs OTT

Who’s Hot:

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was awarded the First Star of the Week for this past week for his 3-5-8 stat-sheet over the past three games. At the moment, Marchand is in the midst of a career-high ten-game point streak where he has scored seven goals and thirteen assists for twenty points on the campaign. The Bruins winger dominated in Boston’s last time out, scoring two goals and adding three assists in a 7-4 on Sunday night.

Brent Burns may be one of the only bright spots of the San Jose Sharks so far this year, scoring 2-10-12 totals in the opening twelve games including a three-game point streak. Burns has four multi-point nights this season and in his most recent game against the Ottawa Senators, piled up two assists in the loss.

David Pastrnak’s five-game goal streak came to an end in Sunday’s win over the New York Rangers, but instead, the 23-year-old force dominated with five assists to help add to the first-line’s 13-point night. Pastrnak’s night boosted his season to 11-12-23 numbers in only eleven games, giving him the league-lead in goals and points.

Who’s Not:

Martin Jones, believe it or not, was apart of the Boston Bruins for just about four days back in 2015 when he was sent from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Milan Lucic. Only days after the move, Don Sweeney flipped Jones to the Sharks for Sean Kuraly and a 2016 1st Round Pick (Trent Frederic). Now, in the last five years in San Jose, Martin Jones has been their number one netminder. However, this season, he is off to a terrible 2-5-1 start with a 3.39 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage. Jones has not done well enough to help give the Sharks wins early on.

Jake DeBrusk will be getting his center, David Krejci, back on his line tonight after Krejci missed numerous games over the past week or so due to an upper-body injury. This season, DeBrusk has not been the same DeBrusk that nearly hit the 30-goal mark in 2018-19. In 11 games, Jake only has 1-3-4 numbers and has just not been able to find his groove. The hope is that with Krejci back, the young winger can come back to life.

Joe Thornton is another former Bruin that is returning to Boston tonight, but he isn’t having the very best October, either. The 40-year-old forward has zero goals and four assists in twelve games and is bringing along a -6 rating as well. Thornton is averaging around the 14-minute mark of time on ice, as rumors begin to surface that this may be his final season as an NHL player. Only time will tell, but right now, he needs to be better in order for San Jose to be better.

Milestone Watch:

Boston Bruins:

  • F Patrice Bergeron is two assists away (498) from 500 career NHL assists
  • D Torey Krug is four points away (296) from 300 career NHL points
  • F Patrice Bergeron is one shot away (3087) from passing John Bucyk (3087) for sole possession of 3rd-most shots in Bruins history

San Jose Sharks:

  • No notable milestones can be reached tonight

Bruins vs Sharks Outlook:

With the Boston Bruins atop of the NHL’s power rankings to start the year, they are continuing right from where they started in regards to last year’s Eastern Conference Championship. The Bruins are one of the top teams in the league’s standings and a win over San Jose tonight will bring their record to an impressive 9-1-2.

In 2018-19, the two teams played twice over the course of the 82-game season, with the Bruins coming out victorious in both outings. Within the span of just over a week, Boston defeated the Sharks in an electric, 6-5 win in San Jose – a game where Joe Thornton scored a hat-trick, and then went on to win 4-1 on home ice the very next week.

The Bruins’ power-play is still near the very top of the National Hockey League and for a Sharks penalty-kill that ranks number one, (93.2%), they will need to be perfect tonight in order to cool down Boston. This is one of those games that specialty-team coaches dream of. The winning side of the specialty team battle could win the momentum and possibly win the game.

David Krejci (upper-body) returns to the lineup while Joakim Nordstrom (infection in elbow) and Par Lindholm (upper-body) are out.

The Bruins are also hosting Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Beth Israel Lahey Health. “Mighty Quinn”, the three-year-old boy that struck the hearts of Charlie Coyle and Bruins fans will drop the ceremonial puck before the official faceoff. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm EST from Boston, Massachusetts.

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Bruins Game 63 Preview: San Jose Sharks


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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

The Trade Deadline has officially past and the road to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs is upon us. The Bruins’ seven-game winning streak game to an end on Saturday in a loss to the St. Louis Blues – a shootout loss, to conclude the five-game western road trip. Finally, the Bruins are back at home after earning nine-out-of-ten points on the road swing. The Bruins are narrowly holding onto the second Atlantic division spot, a mere point ahead of Toronto.

The San Jose Sharks lost to the Bruins last week in a controversial, but entertaining 6-5 overtime game. Since then, San Jose shutout the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0, then lost two nights later 4-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, followed by a 5-3 win over Detroit on Sunday. The Sharks are three points behind the Calgary Flames for first in the Pacific division and hold a 13-point lead over the Golden Knights.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Jaroslav Halak 16-9-4 2.33 GAA .924 SV% Last Game: 31 Saves in 3-2 win vs VGK

SJS: Martin Jones 29-12-5 2.92 GAA .897 SV% Last Game: 19 Saves in 4-0 loss vs CBJ

Who’s Hot

Jaroslav Halak had a tough time to begin 2019, going 1-3-1 in the opening month of January, but since, the 33-year-old goaltender now has three straight wins in net for the Bruins, including a thirty-save shutout over the Anaheim Ducks on February 15th. In those three starts, Halak has not had a save percentage below .939, solidifying his hot stretch. This season, Jaro has a 2.33 goals-against-average along with a .924 save percentage.

Brent Burns is on pace for another Norris-contending season as one of the best defencemen in the entire league. The Barrie, Ontario, Canada native has 2-5-7 numbers in his last five games including a three-point game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Burns leads the Sharks for most points this year with thirteen goals and fifty-seven assists for seventy points in sixty-three games.


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Marcus Johansson, the lone player acquired by the Bruins on deadline day has had a solid last five games for his old team, the New Jersey Devils. The 28-year-old forward has five points in those five games including a two-point outing against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 19th. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced that the newest addition to the roster will play alongside David Krejci in his Boston Bruins debut tonight.

Joe Pavelski has had two, three-point nights in the past four games. On February 15th, Pavelski scored a goal and two assists against the Bruins in the 6-5 defeat and more recently, scored a hat-trick in Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Pavelski has the most points by a forward on San Jose this year with 35-24-59 numbers in 63 games.

Who’s Not

Marcus Sorensen is one of the younger pieces to this San Jose Sharks team, but the 26-year-old forward has only a single assist in his last six games, coming against Boston. Sorensen’s ice-time has been decreasing over the last few games due to the lack of production and the Sharks are hoping that he can somehow turn it around for them.

Joakim Nordstrom is back in the lineup for Peter Cehlarik tonight, but the Swedish forward has not found success in a longtime for this Bruins club still searching for more consistency when trailing down the forward core. Nordstrom has not scored a point in his last seventeen games played, keeping his season totals at 5-2-10. While not known for putting up high numbers, he is getting third-line minutes on most nights and he should be producing more than he has been.

Gustav Nyquist was recently traded to the San Jose Sharks in one of the first trades of the Trade Deadline, coming to the Sharks from the Red Wings. Nyquist, who was on the struggling Wings, has only two points in his last five contests, even when averaging close to twenty minutes per game on that stretch. His lack of scoring as of late may change with a new environment like the Sharks, but that is to be seen when he makes his debut with the Teal and Black tonight.

Milestone Watch

Boston Bruins:

  • D Zdeno Chara is one goal away (199) from 200 career NHL goals
  • D Charlie McAvoy will be playing in his 99th career NHL regular season game
  • F Patrice Bergeron is three points away (790) from tying Wayne Cashman (793) for 6th most points in Bruins history
  • F Patrice Bergeron is one even-strength goal away (203) from passing Peter McNab (203) for sole possession of 8th most even-strength goals in Bruins history
  • F Brad Marchand is one short-handed goal away (24) from tying Rick Middleton (25) for most SHG in Bruins history


PHOTO CREDITS: (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America)

San Jose Sharks:

  • F Melker Karlsson is three points away (97) from 100 career NHL points
  • F Kevin Lebanc is two points away (98) from 100 career NHL points
  • D Brendan Dillion is four points (96) from 100 career NHL points
  • F Tomas Hertl is one even-strength goal away (81) from tying Marco Sturm (82) for most even-strength goals in Sharks history
  • D Brent Burns is one power-play goal away (42) from tying Jeff Friesen (43) for 7th most PPG in Sharks history

Bruins vs Sharks Outlook

The Boston Bruins are finally back in the walls of the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for a home game after the successful five-game road trip through the Western Conference. The Bruins faced the Sharks last week and walked away with a 6-5 win on the road. Boston once held a 3-0 lead in the opening period, but with a late first-period goal, the Sharks managed to claw their way back to eventually take a 5-4 lead. A tying goal by Chris Wagner led to the game-winning goal in overtime by Charlie McAvoy gave the Bruins a hard-fought “W” in the win column.


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Boston still has the second-best power-play in the NHL (26.4%), while San Jose has the 5th-best at 25.0% on the man-advantage. On the PK, the B’s have the eleventh-best, killing off 81.0% of the penalties against compared to the Sharks who have the seventh-best penalty-kill percentage in the league at 81.9%.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm EST in the TD Garden. Boston will look to earn at least a  point for the fourteenth consecutive game. Below are the lines for the Bruins tonight. Forward Charlie Coyle makes his TD Garden home debut while Marcus Johansson makes his debut with the Spoked-B sweater on. Defenceman Kevan Miller is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury, John Moore will replace him. David Pastrnak remains out for at least another two weeks (thumb). Also, Joakim Nordstrom replaces Peter Cehlarik.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at San Jose: 02/18/19



By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: SAP Center – San Jose, California, USA

Home: San Jose Sharks (35-17-7)

Away: Boston Bruins (34-17-8)

The Bruins enter the third game of their five-game road trip with five wins in a row and now heading into a tougher stretch of schedule with games against the Sharks, Golden Knights, Blues, and Lightning all in close radar. With the recent win over Los Angeles on Saturday, the Bruins narrowly have the second Atlantic division spot over Toronto who are only one point back.

The San Jose Sharks have become one of the top contenders in the Western Conference once again, especially with the addition of Erik Karlsson back in September of 2018. Brent Burns is on pace to be in contention of another Norris Trophy when the season comes to a conclusion. The Sharks recently beat the Vancouver Canucks and currently hold the second position in the Pacific division.

Bruins Gameday Lineup:

Forward Peter Cehlarik is out of the lineup tonight due to a lower-body injury suffered against the Kings on Saturday. Karson Kuhlman will play on the second-line with Krejci and DeBrusk in only his second NHL game.

First Period:

What a start to this Monday night game. Over ten straight minutes, yes halfway of the first period, only one whistle was blown. Both the Sharks and Bruins had chances back and forth and quite frankly, no team really was blowing the other team away. At one point in the first, Chris Wagner right in front the puck goes over the shoulder of Jones and looks to be going across the line, but Marc-Eduard Vlasic makes a brilliant save with the stick on the goal line to keep it 0-0.

With 9:03 remaining, Sean Kuraly gets high stick to the face by Tomas Hertl and the Sharks are headed to the box. Immediately at the start of the power-play, Torey Krug mishandles the puck, allowing Evander Kane all alone on a shorthanded breakaway, only to ring the shot off of the post. San Jose did a great job pressure the B’s and retrieving the puck back for a clear.

On what seemed like the final clear of the PK, Matt Grzelcyk gets a stick up in his face as well and the Bruins are right back on the man-advantage. Less than a minute onto the power-play, the Bruins finally figure out how to cycle the puck around the zone, allowing Torey Krug to unleash a bomb short-side past Jones, 1-0 Bruins. Krug’s 6th of the season assisted by Krejci (36) and Bergeron (35).

Not letting up on the early lead, the Bruins looked to add to their opening tally. Brad Marchand made a nice move in the offensive zone to rip a quick wrist shot towards Jones but it goes off of the red pipe and redirects to the corner. High-paced first period from both teams and the chances continue to pile up.

At the 16:26 mark of the opening frame, Sean Kuraly wins an offensive zone faceoff clean backwards to Zdeno Chara who one-times the puck top corner past Jones and the Bruins take a 2-0 lead in the final five minutes of the period. Chara’s goal is his 199th career NHL goal since he began his career in 1997. This is his fourth of the season assisted by Sean Kuraly (11).

The killer instinct by the Bruins does not stop there. David Krejci uses his supreme vision to find an open Jake DeBrusk up the ice who has rookie Karson Kuhlman on the other side of the ice. DeBrusk looks like he is about to shoot the puck short-side until the very last second where he feeds the puck across to Kuhlman who buries his first career NHL goal, making it 3-0 Boston with just around a minute-and-a-half left to play. Assists go to DeBrusk (9) and Krejci (37).

Two goals 1:58 apart for the Boston Bruins in the first period, but the Sharks want in on some of the goal-scoring and will do just that. Joe Pavelski wraps the puck around, bouncing it off the pad for former-Bruin Joe Thornton to bury his eleventh goal of the 2018-19 season on the backhand with only three seconds to go in the frame.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 8 SJS: 8

Score: 3-1 Bruins – Goals: Krug (8) PPG Assists: Krejci (36), Bergeron (35); Chara (4) Assists: Kuraly (11); Kuhlman (1) Assists: DeBrusk (9), Krejci (37); Thornton (11) Assists: Pavelski (22)

Second Period:

Sharks started off the middle period with some more zone time and shots on Rask and on one of the clear attempts, Kevan Miller accidentally hits the puck up and over the glass, resulting in the ever-so-disliked delay-of-game penalty and Boston will be shorthanded for two minutes.

Boston fails to put enough strength on the clear attempt, allowing the Sharks to cycle the puck around and Brent Burns’ shot gets deflected by Joe Pavelski that goes up and over Tuukka Rask. San Jose right back within only a goal under three minutes into the second. Assists go to Burns (54) and Couture (33).

Nearly five minutes in, another whistle, very much unlike the first period, but one that the Bruins will like. Joe Pavelski gets his stick caught up on Chara and is called for hooking – a two-minute minor and it’s yet another B’s power-play. On the man-advantage, the Bruins look like they cannot get any opportunities, but they do, right at the end.

David Backes made a nifty move with his skate to pass the puck off of the boards in the neutral zone to Jake DeBrusk who passes it to Danton Heinen. Heinen returns the puck right back to DeBrusk alone on a partial breakaway and DeBrusk fires a shot past Jones to reinstate a two-goal lead for Boston. Four consecutive games with goals for DeBrusk and that’s number eighteen on the season assisted by Heinen (11) and Backes (9).

Frustration for San Jose may be setting in perhaps as Brendon Dillon nails Sean Kuraly from behind as Kuraly attempted to spin away from it but the hit resulted in some pushing and shoving in the corner just as Charlie McAvoy found himself all alone with a great chance to score on Jones. Whistles blow though as Wagner and Braun each get five minutes in the box for fighting. No instigator penalties are handed out with 9:35 remaining in the second period.

Late in the second period, the Sharks manage to get themselves back within a goal as Jumbo Joe Thornton finds another rebound shot to score his second goal of the game – the first time he’s scored two goals in a game this season. Sorensen (9) and Simek (8) get the helpers on the play. Unlucky break for the Bruins there with just over three minutes to play in the second.

For the third time tonight, the San Jose Sharks will have a man in the box for high-sticking as Joe Thornton gets his lumber up in the face of Brad Marchand and with 1:29 to go, Boston is on the 5-on-4 power-play for two minutes. Somehow, Logan Couture is found deep in the neutral zone, makes a nice move around Krug and nearly scores but due a hook by Marchand, a penalty shot is awarded with 24.7 seconds to go and Couture simply shoots it five-hole past Rask, tying the game at four apiece.

Not nearly as good of a period for the Bruins as the opening one was, going to need a solid final twenty minutes and maybe more to beat the Sharks tonight. Bruins were outshot 14-4 in the second period alone.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 12 SJS: 22

Score: 4-4 – Goals: Pavelski (32) PPG Assists: Burns (54), Couture (33); DeBrusk (18) Assists: Heinen (11), Backes (9); Thornton (12) Assists: Sorensen (9), Simek (8); Couture (22) Unassisted

Third Period:

San Jose opened the final regulation period with a couple solid shots on Tuukka Rask, one of which off of a big Timo Meier deflection. Still early on, the Bruins are called on a delay-of-game penalty because David Backes apparently took too long to make a change prior to a faceoff. Bruins successfully kill off the penalty though and the game continues 5-on-5.

Boston has had issues in this game at getting the puck out of the zone on rushes. At one point in the first half of the third, the Bruins did not get a shot on Martin Jones in over nineteen minutes of game-time. It has been proven that it is much, much harder to score when you do not shoot at the goaltender.

Sean Kuraly set up Noel Acciari right in front of the crease for the first shot in what seemed like four games, but the Sharks return right away with a bullet of a shot by Hertl that rings the bar, so loud that us Canadians could hear it. Rask does not look as calm as he did against the Kings, that shot was clean past him.

Around the six-minute mark, Joe Thornton walks in and shoots it right past Tuukka Rask to give the Sharks a 5-4 lead with 6:28 remaining. Bruins collapsing ever since the 3-1 goal with three seconds to go. Assists to Thornton’s hat-trick go to Pavelski (23) and Braun (13).

While it looks like the Bruins were down and out, Brandon Carlo rifled a bomb that was rebounded by Wagner. Wagner then hit the puck what looked like to be above the crossbar, but it goes into the Sharks net and due to it being a non-reviewable play for some reason, the goal stands and the Bruins tie the game with just around two minutes left to play. Wagner sets a new career high for goals in a year with eight and it’s assisted by Carlo (4) and Acciari (4).

Shots On Goal: BOS: 19 SJS: 33

Score: 5-5 – Goals: Thornton (13) Assists: Pavelski (23), Braun (13); Wagner (8), Carlo (4), Acciari (4)


First thirty seconds of 3-on-3 overtime is full San Jose. Some big shots on Rask, all of which stopped. Tuukka attempted his double pad stack again, but the shot missed. B’s finally get the puck out of the defensive end, but Brent Burns comes back and gets a sharp wrist shot that almost sneaks through him, but Matt Grzelcyk slaps it out of harm’s way.

It has been a poor night for Torey Krug tonight. In this overtime alone, Krug has been chased down numerous times, resulting in either a turnover or an icing call. One of these mistakes led to a Hertl shot as he skated across the crease but Rask makes a big save. As the play continues, the net comes off but because the Bruins are on a rush, the refs left it causing some controversy when the Sharks had a 2-on-0 and the whistle was blown dead.

Later on in overtime, the Bruins somehow get alone 3-on-2, creating a beautiful DeBrusk-to-Krejci-to-McAvoy goal to win the game in overtime. Bruins survive a three-goal lead blown to win their sixth straight game. McAvoy’s 4th assisted by Krejci (38) and DeBrusk (10).

Shots On Goal: BOS: 20 SJS: 38

Final Score: 6-5 Bruins

Max’s Three Stars:

1st Star: BOS F Jake DeBrusk – 1 Goal, 2 Assists, +2 Rating, 17:59 TOI

2nd Star: SJS F Joe Thornton – 3 Goals, 3 Shots, +2 Rating, 4 Takeaways

3rd Star: BOS F David Krejci – 3 Assists, +1 Rating 20:24 TOI

Bruins now head to Vegas for a game against the Golden Knights on Wednesday with six straight wins.

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Bruins Game 60 Preview: San Jose Sharks

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

The Boston Bruins are on fire as of late – winning their last five games including a back-to-back stretch over the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in some close, back-and-forth games. The Bruins continue their five-game road swing with game three of that stretch tonight against the Sharks. Boston is currently in the second Atlantic division spot, one point ahead of Toronto.

The San Jose Sharks have been a solid team in the West with former Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson on their backend. The Sharks are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and they defeated the Vancouver Canucks twice last week including a massive 7-2 victory over the lone British Columbia team last Monday. The Sharks are second in the Pacific division, only two points behind the Calgary Flames for first and hold a nine-point cushion on the Vegas Golden Knights.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Tuukka Rask 19-8-4 2.37 GAA .920 SV% Last Game: 23 Saves in 4-2 win over LAK

SJS: Martin Jones 28-11-4 2.88 GAA .899 SV% Last Game: 32 Saves in 3-2 win vs VAN

Who’s Hot

Tuukka Rask made a save – a save that will be in contention for “Save of The Year” against the Kings, stacking the pads on a 2-on-1 chance for LA that gave momentum back to Boston. It is only one save but is a small example of the growing confidence in Rask this season and how he has helped the Bruins largely to a ten-game point streak. Tuukka has earned a point in his last thirteen starts and he is in the top ten in almost all the main goaltending statistics.

Brent Burns won the James Norris Memorial Trophy two years ago in 2017 and he is making a strong case to be a finalist for the award once again in 2018-19. As a defenceman, Burns leads the Sharks in points with 11-53-64 numbers in 59 games played this year. In his last five, Burns has 1-5-6 totals and has been a key part to the 7-3-0 run for San Jose.

Brad Marchand is still on fire. With Saturday’s goal, Marchand reached the seventy-point total for the third consecutive season and has the capability of breaking his end-of-season point total of 85 points for the last two seasons. Marchand has nine points in the last five games that he has played in and is taking the offensive responsibilities on his shoulders with the absence of David Pastrnak.

Brad Marchand,Martin Jones


Evander Kane has become a big-time scorer for the Sharks this season and has been a nice addition for the team. The Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada native has 26-24-50 numbers in fifty-nine games this year and has points in four of his last five games. Kane is only four points away from matching is totals between the Sabres and Sharks combined last season.

Who’s Not

The third-line that has become the fourth-line. The Nordstrom-Frederic-Backes line has been terrible. While Trent Frederic has been decent on the faceoff dot, but the trio has zero points combined in their last five games and they have not generated much offence at all. Joakim Nordstrom doesn’t have a single point scored in fifteen games now.

Not many players on the San Jose Sharks are having bad years as most of them are in the middle of one of their best seasons as an NHL hockey player. Tomas Hertl has had a great season, scoring 26-27-53 numbers in 54 games in 2018-19, but has no points in his last two games and is a combined -5 rating within that time span. Don’t expect this to last long as he is one of the better forwards to score on this roster.

Other than that, both teams are hot and have good players that are producing quite well – making this game all the more enjoyable and fun to watch.

Milestone Watch:

Boston Bruins:

  • D Zdeno Chara is two goals away (198) from 200 career NHL goals
  • F Patrice Bergeron is one even-strength goal (203) from passing Peter McNab (203) for sole possession of 8th most even-strength goals in Bruins history
  • F Brad Marchand is one short-handed goal away (24) from tying Rick Middleton (25) for most SHG in Bruins history


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San Jose Sharks:

  • D Marc-Eduard Vlasic is two points away (298) from 300 career NHL points
  • F Kevin Lebanc is two points away (98) from 100 career NHL points
  • F Melker Karlsson is three points (97) from 100 career NHL points
  • D Brendan Dillion is four points (96) from 100 career NHL points
  • D Brent Burns is one game away (567) from tying Owen Nolan (568) for 9th most games played in Sharks history
  • F Tomas Hertl is one even-strength goal away (81) from tying Marco Sturm (82) for most even-strength goals in Sharks history

Bruins vs Sharks Outlook

This is the first meeting between the Bruins and Sharks this season, with the second game coming next week on February 26th. Last season, the Bruins kept the Sharks to a combined two goals in the two games, beating the San Jose club in both games.

For the speciality teams, the Bruins still have one of the best power-plays in the NHL. Their 26.5% power-play percentage is the best in the league behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning while on the penalty-kill, the B’s have a mediocre percentage there, 80.7% for 15th in the NHL.

For San Jose, they are the 6th best NHL team when on the man-advantage with a 24% success rate and have the 6th best penalty-kill success rate as well, killing off 82.5% of the penalties they take on average. The Sharks also shoot the puck a lot, the 2nd most on average in the National Hockey League, averaging just under 34 shots per game.

Puck drop is scheduled for 10pm EST at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Below are the lines during morning skate for the Bruins ahead of tonight’s contest.

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Bruins Don Sweeney’s Trade History: Graded


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By: Lucas Pearson  |  Follow Me On Twitter @lucaspearson_

With the trade deadline looming and all of the trade talk lately, I thought it would be interesting to look back at all of the trades Bruins GM Don Sweeney has made. There’s been a lot of hate towards Sweeney’s ability to make trades, some of it is warranted, some of it is not. Here’s my attempt at grading all of Don’s trades.

Side note: I won’t be going in depth with who the other teams drafted with the picks the B’s gave up because who knows if the Bruins would’ve drafted them. Also, I’ll only briefly go over who the Bruins drafted – I’ll go more in depth in another article soon, stay tuned.

Boston receives: 2016 6th round pick (Oskar Steen)

Colorado receives: UFA rights of Carl Soderberg

Grade: A

Nothing wrong with this trade. At the time, Soderberg was going to get a hefty raise, and the Bruins seemed unlikely to resign him with promising replacements in the system to fill out the 3C position in Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev. Soderberg ended up getting paid and signed a hefty 5 year, $23.750 contract with the Avalanche.

Boston receives: 2015 1st rounder (Zachary Senyshyn), 2015 2nd rounder (Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson), 2015 2nd rounder (Jeremy Lauzon)

Calgary receives: RFA rights of Dougie Hamilton

Grade: B-

There are a couple of things to take into account with this trade. One is the fact that Hamilton didn’t want to play in Boston, so the Bruins didn’t have a ton of leverage in the situation. The other is that Hamilton was a key piece in getting Noah Hanafin, who was someone the Bruins tried hard to move up in the 2015 draft for. With that being said, all of the pieces the Bruins have gotten have looked promising. Senyshyn is taking major strides in the AHL and looks to be NHL ready very soon. JFK and Lauzon have both already showcased their skills with Boston and look to have bright futures.

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Boston Receives: Martin Jones, Colin Miller, 2015 1st rounder (Jakub Zboril)

Los Angeles receives: Milan Lucic

Grade: A+

As much of a fan favorite Lucic was, it was time to let the big power-forward go. Entering the last year of his deal, the Bruins wanted to get younger and not pay him the insane amount Edmonton ended up giving him. Colin Miller put together a few good seasons in black and gold until he was taken by Vegas in the expansion draft. The pick they acquired was used on Zboril (could’ve drafted someone else but the value of that pick was still high) who still has the potential to be a top 4 D-man in the NHL. They then flipped Martin Jones for the package of…

Boston receives: Sean Kuraly, 2016 1st rounder (Trent Frederic)

San Jose receives: Martin Jones

Grade: B+

The toughest thing about this trade saw Jones help his team get to the Stanley Cup Finals his first year with the Sharks. However, Jones’ biggest role (if he stayed with the Bruins) would’ve been a really good backup. What the Bruins received for Jones was pretty consistent with what a lot of other fringe-starter/ starting goalies prices around the time. The Flames traded a 2nd and 3rd rounder for Brian Elliot, the Sabres gave up a 1st for Robin Lehner and a year after these trade, the Ducks traded Frederick Anderson for a 1st and a 2nd.

Boston receives: Zac Rinaldo

Philadelphia receives: 2017 3rd round pick (Kirill Ustimenko)

Grade: F

Yea, not sure what Sweeney was thinking here. The previous season Rinaldo had a grand total of one goal in 58 games. I understand that Sweeney wanted to bring back the “Big Bad Bruins” play style and a 3rd round pick isn’t a guarantee to be an NHL player, but you’d think they could’ve acquired him for a 7th rounder or something. Rinaldo went on to play 52 games and had a single goal before getting put on waivers and, unsurprisingly, wasn’t claimed.

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Boston receives: Jimmy Hayes

Florida receives: Reilly Smith, Marc Savard

Grade: D-

So unlike the trade above, there are some aspects of the trade the Bruins benefit in. Shedding Marc Savard’s salary was a big win, it allowed them to go out and get a big free agent (that free agent was Matt Beleskey, but it was the idea that we’re grading) Smith was receiving $3.425 million a year and Hayes just signed a deal paying him $2.3 million annually so again, cap space. The positives end there. After two very rough seasons with the Bruins, Hayes was bought out. Smith, on the other hand, averaged over 40 points in his two seasons in Florida and had a career year in Vegas, totaling 60 points in just 67 games. Not to mention being above a point-per-game in the Golden Knights Stanley Cup appearance. Now wouldn’t that just be a perfect fix to all of the top 6 problems the Bruins have…

Boston receives: Lee Stempniak

New Jersey receives: 2017 2nd rounder (Mario Ferarro), 2016 4th rounder (Evan Cormier)

Grade: C

Now Stempniak wasn’t bad for the Bruins by any means, he had 10 points in his 19 games to end the season with the B’s. It, unfortunately, was not enough to squeeze into the playoffs which is the biggest reason this trade isn’t any higher. The thing that makes me wince with this trade is that Stempniak was a PTO at the beginning of the year so essentially the Devils got two free picks. A little ironic that the New York native has been on PTO for the entire year for the Bruins now. Although it wasn’t a huge overpayment, it all just seemed a bit much for a guy like Stempniak.

Boston receives: John-Michael Liles

Carolina receives:2016 3rd round pick (Jack LaFontaine), 2017 5th round pick (Jack Dugan)

Grade: C+

Similar to the trade above, Liles played well down the stretch for Boston. The difference between the two is that Liles ended up having some longevity as a Bruin. He signed a one year, $2 M deal and helped the Bruins reach the playoffs and continued to help their injury stricken D-core in the playoffs against Ottawa.

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Boston receives: Drew Stafford

Winnipeg receives: 2018 5th rounder (Declan Chisholm)

Grade: B+

A really cheap option who was able to fill in anywhere in the lineup. It was the perfect opportunity to buy-low, coming off of a 20 goal season, Stafford was struggling prior to his move to Boston. He had four goals and eight points down the stretch and scored a couple big goals in that year’s playoffs.  Giving up a 5th rounder for that is a big win in my books.

Boston receives: Nick Holden

New York (Rangers) receive: Rob O’Gara, 2018 3rd rounder (Joey Keane)

Grade: C

The price wasn’t anything too crazy. O’Gara didn’t have a future in Boston with the plethora of D prospects coming up the pipeline. He and a 3rd isn’t a terrible price to pay for a 6th/7th D who came in and did exactly what he was supposed to do. Holden was solid and played a couple games in the playoffs. He went on to sign with Vegas in the off-season.

Boston receives: 2018 3rd round pick (Jakub Lauko)

Florida receives: Frank Vatrano

Grade: C

This one is tough to grade. At the time of the trade, Vatrano wasn’t even cracking the Bruins lineup. Rather than stunt his development in the AHL and ruin the trade value he had, the Bruins decided to get what they could for him. It ended up being the change of scenery the University of Massachusetts product needed. He’s excelled this year, already setting career highs for goals (16) and points (27). The good news is Lauko is progressing well and looks to be a future NHLer. You can’t really knock Sweeney for moving him, but it’s interesting to wonder if he would be playing just as good if he stayed in Boston this year.

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Boston receives: Rick Nash

New York (Rangers) receive: Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey (50% retained), Ryan Lindgren, 2018 1st rounder (Jacob Bernard-Docker)


Now, from what I’ve heard, the plan for Rick Nash wasn’t just a rental. His concussion at the end of last year really ruined his stint with the Bs. Maybe if he’s not concussed, he’s able to find more consistency in his game and with his linemates, and they end up making a better run in the playoffs, who knows. But since none of that actually happened and Nash ended up calling it a career due to his concussion history, this trade isn’t all too great.

The Bruins got rid of half of Beleskey’s cap which was nice but traded Spooner when he was arguably playing the best hockey of his career. Ryan Lindgren isn’t a huge loss due to the sheer amount of defensive prospects the Bruins have but still, the former 2nd rounder projects to be a solid top 4 D in the future. A 1st round pick is pretty standard for deadline deals, but you’d think that if Evander Kane, a similar player to Nash, was only dealt for a 1st, 4th and a depth prospect, maybe Sweeney could’ve managed his assets a little better

Boston receives: Tommy Wingels

Chicago receives: 2019 conditional 5th rounder 

Grade: C

A similar trade to the Stafford one, Wingels had a couple of really solid seasons in San Jose trailed off in production. Despite the dip in production, Wingels still brought a lot of physicality in the bottom 6 which is why the Bruins acquired him. He played pretty well when he was asked to step in.

Boston receives: Steven Kampfer, 2019 4th rounder, conditional 2019 7th rounder

New York (Rangers) receive: Adam Mcquaid

Grade: B+

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this trade, but I honestly don’t know what the problem with it is. Mcquaid is no better than the other seven D on the roster, and even though Kampfer has only played in games due to injuries to the rest of the defense, he STILL has more games played than Mcquaid because of his injuries. Freeing up cap, getting a few picks and a serviceable replacement for an 8th D is a good deal in my books

So Sweeney has clearly made quite a few great trades that really benefit the Bruins. He’s also made quite a few shaky ones. Obviously, all the trades had different lasting effects and values, but if you were wondering, Sweeney’s average grade was in between a C+ and a B- which isn’t far off of what I would give him as a whole. I’ll be grading more of Sweeney’s moves as a GM so get ready for that.

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Bruins Prospects: Trent Frederic Preparing For 2018-19 Season

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

As the Boston Bruins prepare for the final offseason events and get ready for the upcoming 2018-2019 NHL regular season, the team’s AHL affiliate franchise, the Providence Bruins, are also getting ready for another season – especially some key young players. One of those young players is St. Louis, Missouri native, Trent Frederic.

Frederic was drafted twenty-ninth overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, but it was not just a simple draft pick for the B’s. On June 26th, 2015, the Boston Bruins traded long-time forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones, defenceman Colin Miller, and the pick thirteen in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (Jakub Zboril).

However, it would not end there. Four days later after acquiring Martin Jones, the Bruins would trade the goalie to the San Jose Sharks, deciding on running with Tuukka Rask instead of Jones. Coming back to the Bruins from San Jose, forward Sean Kuraly and the Sharks’ first-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Sharks would make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016 but would fall short of the ultimate hockey trophy in a series loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This would give the Bruins the 29th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, their second one of the opening round. Boston would select defenceman Charlie McAvoy with their first pick, so a forward near the end of the round would seem to be a solid draft for the Black and Gold. As we now know, Trent Frederic would be that 29th selection. But two years after the draft, is Frederic close to making the National Hockey League?


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In the 2016 NHL Final Central Scouting Rankings for North American Skaters and Goaltenders, Frederic was ranked down at the 49th overall pick, but the Bruins did not have a selection until pick forty-nine and did not want to risk losing out on the 6’3″ forward.

“We really needed a big centerman,” head of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky said. “At 29, we just said, ‘Hey, this is a guy that we really wanted,’ and we didn’t want to risk waiting until 49. It’s a need and we believe he’s going to play. Yeah, it’s high, but you take a chance. We believe in his ability. He’s going to a good school and a good program and he’s going to take some time.” Frederic will play for the University of Wisconsin in 2016-17. (Quote found from Boston Herald)

And just as the head of amateur scouting, Keith Gretzky stated, Frederic would indeed play the 2016-2017 campaign for the University of Wisconsin. In 30 games with the U of W, Frederic amounted fifteen goals and eighteen assists for thirty-three points. At season’s end, he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Wisconsin Badger to earn the honors since Dany Heatley in 1999-2000. Frederic also finished fourth among all college freshman in points-per-game, (1.18) and was second for most shorthanded goals on the season with five.

The performance impressed the Bruins management, as Gretzky would once again say in an article by the Boston Herald back in the Summer of 2017. 

“He plays top line at Wisconsin. … Obviously, time will tell what he’ll be in pro hockey but there’s more skill to his game than people thought coming out of the draft,” Bruins player development coordinator Jamie Langenbrunner said. The Bruins went off the board when they took Frederic but it looks like that might pay off for them in the end.

For the second-straight season, Frederic would play with the University of Wisconsin, scoring another thirty-two points in 36 games. Once his time with Wisconsin came to a close, the Bruins offered Trent a three-year, entry-level contract – allowing him to play with the Providence Bruins or the Boston Bruins. In addition, Frederic would join Providence for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign on an amateur tryout agreement.

Frederic played in only thirteen games with Boston’s AHL affiliate team, scoring five goals and eight points. However, his highlight performance of 2018 was during the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. Although the United States lost the opportunity to play in the Gold Medal game following a 4-2 loss to Sweden in the Semi-Finals.

In the Bronze Medal game against the Czech Republic, the United States scored nine goals, four of which came off of Trent Frederic’s stick. His four goals in one game nearly set a new record for most goals by an American in a single World Junior Championships game. Wally Chapman (vs Switzerland 1984) and Chris Bourque (vs Norway in 2005) are the only Americans with more goals in a single game, scoring five.


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With the international success and the brief experience in the American Hockey League under his belt, Frederic could very well contend with a bigger role in Providence for the upcoming 2018-19 regular season. In an article published by Black N’ Gold Founder Mark Allred, Mark and Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast co-host, Josh Bemis discussed their Providence Bruins lineup predictions. It should be noted that Josh covers the Baby B’s on website, a great site for minor-pro hockey news.

Bemis’s Roster Projections


Cehlarik  –  Frederic  –   Szwarz

 Koppanen  –  Forsbacka-Karlsson  –  Bakos  /  Kuhlman

Gabrielle  –  Cave  –  Senyshyn

Blidh  –  Hughes  –  McNeil


Zboril  –  Goloubef

Lauzon  –  Clifton

Breen  –  Vaakanainen  /  Johansson




Allred’s Roster Projections


Cehlarik  –  Forsbacka-Karlsson  –  Bakos / Szwarz

Koppanen  –  Frederic  –  Senyshyn

Gabrielle  –  Cave / Kuhlman  –  Fitzgerald

Blidh  –  Hughes  –  McNeil


Zboril  –  Clifton

Lauzon  –  Andersson /Johansson

Sherman  /  Vaakanainen  –  Goloubef  /  Breen

In both predictions, Frederic makes the top-six and while nothing is final of course, the thought of Frederic getting the ice-time going forward makes a lot of sense for not only him but the P-Bruins franchise. Providence is also looking to rebound after a tough first-round loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

At the current moment in time, the Boston Bruins have a solid amount of depth at the center position with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Donato, David Backes, and Sean Kuraly who already have spots on the NHL roster, as well as players like Jack Studnicka, Jakub Forsbacka-Karlsson, Oskar Steen, and Ryan Fitzgerald who are already in the system.

There is a chance that if Trent Frederic impresses this season, he could make the final cut in the years to come when it comes to the big show in Boston. Until then, he will look to have another solid season to add onto the already promising future.

Boston Bruins, Sean Kuraly Agree To Three-Year Deal



By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

The Boston Bruins have announced today, July 3rd, that restricted free agent Sean Kuraly to a three-year contract worth $1.275 million per season.

Kuraly recently joined the Bruins back in 2015 in a trade involving the San Jose Sharks. The Bruins sent recently acquired Martin Jones to the Sharks in exchange for Sean Kuraly and San Jose’s 2016 1st Round Pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Trent Frederic).

Drafted 133rd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Kuraly never got the change to play in the big leagues. He spent the majority of his time post-draft in the NCAA with Miami University, where he scored 93 points in 154 career games. The first year after the trade to the Bruins, Kuraly remained with Miami University, racking up 23 points in 63 games that year.

The next season, however, Kuraly would get the opportunity to play in the American Hockey League with the Boston Bruins’ affiliate team, the Providence Bruins. Joining the P-Bruins at age 24, Kuraly would play in only eight games, scoring a single point with Providence, before getting the call to join the Bruins in the National Hockey League. During the five games he played in November, Kuraly would fail to score a point. The lack of production would find him back in Providence for a good portion of the season.

Again in April, Kuraly would get another opportunity to prove his worth in Boston due to a lower-body injury to Jimmy Hayes. In his first game back in the NHL on April 2nd, Kuraly would assist on a Zdeno Chara goal, signifying his first career NHL point. Sean played in another two games during the regular season of ’16/’17 but managed to remain off the score sheet.

Sean Kuraly would stay with the team heading into the playoffs, skating in both Game One and Two against the Ottawa Senators. Having not played in the third or fourth game of the series, Kuraly would get yet another chance to perform in the postseason in Game Five, replacing Ryan Spooner who was not quite ready to enter the lineup following an injury.

It would be Game Five where Sean Kuraly won over the hearts of the Boston fan base, scoring two goals including the double-overtime winner that cut the Senators’ series lead to 3-2. In addition, Kuraly’s post-goal celebration showed the passion that this man possesses.

In August of 2017, Sean Kuraly was interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch during the Bruins’ training camp, wondering if the two goals in the playoffs would earn him a spot in the upcoming season.

“It starts all over again,” he said. “Did I help myself by scoring two goals in the playoffs and playing my role? Absolutely. But it really does start over. We have so many good, young players going to camp.” 

Turns out, Sean would indeed impress the Bruins management, earning a full-time spot on the Bruins’ bottom-six. Kuraly would play in all of the first 76 games, before dealing with an upper-body injury prior to the playoffs. The injury would cost him seven games, but he managed to be ready for Game One versus Toronto.

In the seventy-six games of the regular season, Sean finished with 6-8-14 totals with a -5 rating. He would finish third on the team for most hits, (143), behind only Kevan Miller and Noel Acciari. Kuraly had a good takeaway to giveaway ratio considering the lack of ice-time, ending the year with 32 takeaways and only 28 giveaways.

The playoffs would not be as legendary as the 2017 Playoffs, however, he would still score four points (two goals), in the twelve postseason games.

Heading into the 2018-2019 season, Kuraly positions himself in a good spot for a third-line center role. Due to the loss of Riley Nash and Tim Schaller in free agency, Kuraly seems like the best option to man the middle on the third-line. Regardless, the signing of Kuraly is a steal for both term and salary. Below is the current cap space of the Bruins following his signing.

So, was the Kuraly signing a good one? Let me know on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj.