2011

» O’Gara adds to B’s organizational depth In discussions of the NHL Entry Draft, you’ll often hear the term “crapshoot” to describe the process and end result for a team and the bulk of its picks in any given year. While that point has some merit when considering the inexact science of projecting 17- and 18-year-olds (for the most part) as eventual 20-something pro players, it also suggests that NHL clubs are at the mercy of pure chance when it comes to the draft.

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» Trotman proving his worth In the NFL Draft, the last player picked is known as “Mr. Irrelevant” and that selection comes with a small amount of fanfare. There is no such attention paid to the equivalent last choice of the NHL Entry Draft, but if Boston Bruins prospect Zach Trotman has anything to say about it, he’ll buck the long odds to make an impact on the big club one day.

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» Bruins Sign Hamilton to Entry Level Contract The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a three-year entry level contract the team announced Thursday. The St. Catharines, Ontario native was Boston’s first choice, ninth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Niagara Ice Dogs star is currently the team’s leading scorer and sits eighth in the OHL scoring race with 11 goals and 41 points.

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» Ferlin named to Team USA World Jr. preliminary roster Cornell University forward Brian Ferlin was one of 29 players named by USA Hockey to the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary team Monday.

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» November Bruins Prospect of the Month: Ryan Spooner Kingston Frotenacs center Ryan Spooner is the New England Hockey Journal’s Boston Bruins Prospect of the Month for November. The 19-year-old from Kanata, Ontario had a torrid month, potting eight goals and 19 points in 11 games. Spooner tied his career high with a five-point game (1 goal, 4 assists) in a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on November 13. His totals on the season are 12 goals, 28 points in 25 games entering December.

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» Gothberg growing, gaining confidence Fargo Force goaltender Zane Gothberg is enjoying the season as a No. 1 netminder in the USHL. The Boston Bruins prospect and sixth-round choice in 2010 is a developmental project, but is on the path to what he hopes is a future NHL career.

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» Spooner named OHL Player of the Week The Ontario Hockey League announced Monday that Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 13. Spooner, 19, is a native of Kanata, Ontario and was Boston’s third selection, 45th overall (second round) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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» Ferlin makes sudden impact for Big Red Don’t tell winger Brian Ferlin that being from Florida means he isn’t a legitimate NHL prospect. The Boston Bruins’ fourth-rounder from last June’s draft was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after the Cornell freshman scored a pair of goals and added three assists in two games over the weekend.

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» October Bruins Prospect of the Month: Dougie Hamilton New England Hockey Journal has named Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) defenseman Dougie Hamilton the Boston Bruins Prospect of the Month for October.

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» No Stanley Cup hangover for Thomas If there was any concern that Tim Thomas might be a little sluggish out of the gate after his historic 2010-11 campaign, the veteran netminder has put the doubts to bed.

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» Peverley’s improbable NHL dream came true When a player goes undrafted and starts out his pro career in the ECHL, it isn’t a strong indicator of future big league hockey success. Yet in Rich Peverley’s case, the Boston Bruins winger turned a blazing set of wheels and old fashioned work ethic into an NHL job and Stanley Cup championship.

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» Recchi gets jacket, bids official farewell to NHL playing days When the Boston Bruins skated onto the TD Garden ice Thursday night with the Stanley Cup in captain Zdeno Chara’s arms, fans saw a familiar sight among the faces in the hockey phalanx: Mark Recchi

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» As training camp winds down, young B’s try to make mark One of the major challenges for any young prospect with NHL aspirations is beating out the veterans ahead of them on the depth chart for a spot on the team. When you factor in that the Boston Bruins are defending Stanley Cup champions, that challenge becomes even greater for those youngsters still with the club.

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» Carlson, Wideman prepared to give Capitals' Power Play a Charge With heightened expectations for the Washington Capitals entering the 2011-12 NHL campaign, the blue line promises to be an area of scrutiny for the prohibitive favorites to lead the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

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» Knuble praises former Bruins teammates Bergeron, Thomas Mike Knuble is back for a third season with the Washington Capitals, but he embraces the chance to discuss his former club’s Stanley Cup championship and the only two of his Boston Bruins teammates still with the team: Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas.

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» Boston Bruins rookie games recap & analysis The second of two rookie exhibition games between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders is in the books, with the Isles winning for the first time in four tries since the clubs began the two-game mini-tourney in Boston a year ago.

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» Islanders rookies exact revenge UNIONDALE, N.Y.— The New York Islanders futures struck quickly and never looked back in a 7-2 win over the Boston Bruins rookies in the second of two exhibition games played on Long Island. Ryan Strome scored a pair of first period goals, while Casey Cizikas also tallied twice in the game to pace the young Islanders.

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» McKelvie trades cadet gray & army green for black and gold UNIONDALE, N.Y.– Zach McKelvie may not be a typical Boston Bruins prospect, but if the former active duty U.S. Army officer has his way, he could parlay his speed and natural talent into a successful NHL career.

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» B’s hopefuls draw first blood with 8-5 win on Long Island The Boston Bruins rookies won their third consecutive game against the New York Islanders prospects dating back to last season, with an 8-5 victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Mon. in a game that was closer than the score indicated.

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» Bruins-Islanders rookies play 1st of two games tonight The members of the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders rookie camps will square off at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Monday and Tuesday night. The game on Sep. 12 is not open to the public, however tickets are available to the public for the second game on Sep. 13 (free to Islanders season ticket holders) with all proceeds from the gate going to charity.

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» Flashback: The case for Dougie Hamilton Rookie camp in Boston has put the spotlight squarely on the team’s top draft choice from this year, defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was taken ninth overall. Back in January, Hamilton was being tracked as an ideal solution to bolster Boston’s prospect depth at the defense position. Here’s a look back at what I wrote up on Hamilton in the Bruins 2011 Draftwatch blog.

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» Bruins 2011 rookie camp opens with 22 prospects The Boston Bruins opened 2011 training camp with the rookie portion at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass. Friday. The team will have three days of practice before traveling to Long Island for a pair of exhibition games against the New York Islanders prospects.

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» Knight embracing leadership role at B’s rookie camp Although just drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2010, winger Jared Knight is participating in his fourth camp event with the team. A veteran of two prospect development camps in July 2010-11, he is entering his second rookie and main training camps in Boston for the month of September.

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» Bruins 2011 rookie camp preview The Boston Bruins are gearing up for the 2011-12 hockey season, with veterans slated to officially report for work at the middle of the month, but the team’s youth movement is up first.

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» Report: Veteran Chris Clark to attend Bruins training camp New York Newsday is reporting that veteran right wing Chris Clark (South Windsor, Conn.) has accepted an invitation to attend Boston Bruins training camp this month.

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» Boston College recruit Matheson generating buzz This week, a bevy of prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Drafts went to Toronto for the second annual Research, Development and Orientation (RDO) Camp hosted by the Central Scouting Service and NHL.

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» New Englanders ready to help USA Under-18 Select Team Soar in Europe The 2011 U.S. Under-18 Select Team begins action in the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Monday, with several New England natives on the roster to try and build on the silver medal won by Team USA a year ago.

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» Report: Keith Gretzky to join Bruins organization The Sporting News’ Craig Custance tweeted Thursday that the Boston Bruins are in the process of hiring Keith Gretzky to the team’s scouting staff.

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» Southie Cameron Darcy invited to NHL RDO Camp The NHL will conduct its second annual Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Toronto Aug. 16-17, inviting the top 2012 draft prospects to participate.

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» Bruins sign Knight, Spooner New England Hockey Journal has learned that forwards Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner have agreed to terms with the Boston Bruins.

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» 2011 Boston Bruins Development Camp roundup- the goalies and defense (2 of 2) Continuing the roundup of Boston Bruins prospects from last week’s development camp in Wilmington, Mass. we pick up with the goaltenders and defensemen.

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» 2011 Boston Bruins Development Camp roundup- the forwards (1 of 2) With the fifth annual Boston Bruins prospects development camp in the books and the players back home where most of them (minus the NCAA players) will continue to prepare for main camp in September, it’s time to review some of the observations of individual performances in Wilmington.

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» Cunningham, McKelvie sign deals with B’s The Boston Bruins announced Thursday that forward Craig Cunningham and defenseman Zach McKelvie agreed to terms. Cunningham singed a three-year entry level contract with Boston a little more than a year after the team took a flyer on him as an overage player in the WHL. McKelvie, 26, signed a one-year, two-way pact.

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» Bruins 2011 development camp Day 3 notes and observations The Boston Bruins prospects continued their on- and off-ice workouts at the Ristuccia Memorial Arena Saturday in front of a large crowd that saw them conduct situational drills practice, followed by a second consecutive day of grueling power skating.

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» Cross, Warsofsky united as B’s hopefuls on ‘D’ Until this past spring, they were cross-town collegiate rivals. Now, defensemen Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.) and David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) are taking the Ristuccia Memorial Arena ice united in their quest to one day become members of the team they both cheered for as youngsters, the Boston Bruins.

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» Ferlin taking it all in WILMINGTON, Mass– Brian Ferlin may not have been expecting the Boston Bruins to pick him in last month’s NHL Entry Draft, but he’s rewarding their faith in him with a strong showing at the prospects development camp at Risuccia Memorial Arena this week.

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» B’s trio of big goalies progressing he fact that 21-year-old Mike Hutchinson is the “old man” of the Boston Bruins netminder prospects in attendance at the team’s development camp here in July speaks volumes about the youth movement present. Joined by 18-year-olds Zane Gothberg and Lars Volden (who will both turn 19 this summer), “Hutch” is coming off his first pro season, split between Providence in the AHL and Reading of the ECHL.

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» Bruins 2011 development camp Day 2 notes and observations The second day of Boston Bruins development camp started out with a full hour session dedicated to power skating, led by new B’s skating coach, Besa Tsintsadze. The 24 players including three goaltenders were put through the paces by the compact, yet explosive and dynamic Georgian coach brought in by the Bruins after spending about five years with the Pittsburgh Penguins as their skating instructor.

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» Hamill at crossroads The subject of Boston Bruins prospect Zach Hamill came up during the Bruce Cassidy post-development camp practice presser Friday. The newly minted Providence head coach (who spent the previous three seasons as Rob Murray’s assistant prior to Murray’s dismissal last spring), provided some detailed remarks on the player and prospect he’s well acquainted with.

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» Bruins to host fifth annual development camp July 7-11 The Boston Bruins announced today that the team will hold its fifth annual prospects development camp at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass. July 7-11.

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» 2011 NHL draft surprises With the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in the books and 210 players selected over seven rounds, let’s take a look at some of the surprises in terms of guys who were picked and those who weren’t.

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» 2011 NHL Draft - Live Coverage of Day 2 Kirk Luedeke keeps tabs on the Bruins and New England prospects with his live blog from Day 2 of the draft.

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» 2011 NHL Draft - Live Coverage of Day 1 Kirk Luedeke keeps tabs on the Bruins and New England prospects with his live blog from Day 1 of the draft.

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» Ryan Bourque has had a great January Ryan Bourque has had a great January.

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» McQuaid and Marquadt: A Tale of Two Trades What do prospects Adam McQuaid and Matt Marquardt have in common?

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» Zach McKelvie's Pro Hockey Dreams on Hold Bruins prospect McKelvie must complete two years of military service.

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