BOSTON – The Bruins’ Opening Night roster is getting into center of attention and two injured avid gamers may well be pushing to be part of it.
Both Taylor Hall and Matt Grzelcyk skated with their teammates at Warrior Ice Arena as Boston trimmed its roster down to at least one team for Thursday’s follow consultation.
Hall, who had at the start been termed week-to-week after struggling an upper-body damage closing Saturday towards Philadelphia, joined the crowd donning a yellow non-contact jersey and may well be a lot nearer to a go back than to start with expected – which trainer Jim Montgomery indicated on Wednesday prior to the B’s preseason tilt in New York.
“What I’m finding out is how tough he is, and I guess his pain tolerance is really high,” stated Montgomery. “He’s pushing it. He doesn’t want it to be week-to-week. We’re just monitoring it right now…there’s a little bit of hope that he can be back sooner than week-to-week.”
Grzelcyk, in the meantime, additionally seems to be forward of agenda as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgical operation. The blue liner, who had a proper shoulder stabilization process on June 3, used to be at the start given a restoration timeline of 5 months. He, too, used to be in a yellow sweater on Thursday.
“I don’t have official timelines for either. The yellow jerseys are they’re not supposed to be hit so there’s no contact involved. Grzelcyk is gonna go into a regular jersey real quick, which is good. He’s ahead of schedule,” Montgomery stated following Thursday’s follow, whilst including that Grzelcyk is usually a week or extra forward of the unique timeline.
The Bruins introduced a bevy of roster strikes on Thursday as 9 avid gamers have been reduce from camp. goalie Keith Kinkaid, forwards Joona Koppanen and Vinni Lettieri, and defenseman Dan Renouf have been put on waivers for the aim of project to Providence, whilst defenseman Jack Ahcan, goalie Kyle Keyser, and forwards Johnny Beecher, Fabian Lysell, and Marc McLaughlin have been assigned to Providence.
Here is what Montgomery needed to say about one of the avid gamers heading to the P-Bruins:
Marc McLaughlin: “There’s a lot that goes into it. He had a great camp. We’re really happy with his development. There’s certain areas of his game that we really want him to focus on down in Providence, details, physicality, his production, his tenacity on pucks, his ability score – all of that has shone through. He’s going to be a big part of our future. We have great depth. Right now, it’s what we think is best for the Boston Bruins moving forward.”
Fabian Lysell and Johnny Beecher: “They are tremendous young hockey players that are going to be really good Boston Bruins in the future. [Wednesday] night, that was their first opportunity to play against a real NHL lineup and you can see where they need to continue to grow their game and that’s why it’s great to have such a great coaching staff in Providence that are good at developing these young players that are going to be a big part of our future in the near future and play games this year.
“[Lysell] wishes to be told the consistency of being a professional. I feel [Jack] Studnicka has discovered that, he is had his tutelage in Providence. I feel that is why he may just assert himself enjoying towards [Vincent] Trocheck many of the evening [Wednesday] evening. And yYsell, that is his first time, you are in Madison Square Garden, you are enjoying towards [Artemi] Panarin and [Mika] Zibanejad and all the ones guys you may have watched on TV.
“Sometimes, players are ready for it, sometimes players need to grow from it. He’s in a situation where he’s gonna grow from it. He’s a tremendous talent, he’s a competitor. And he’s gonna be someone that’s gonna help the Bruins for a long time. “
And here’s what Montgomery stated about one of the avid gamers ultimate in camp:
Jack Studnicka: “He played really well [Wednesday] night. If you look at how he played, he’s earned the right to continue to be here…if he’s on the fourth line, he’s not a fourth-line, heavy, physical player. We just want him first on pucks and being able to protect himself and protect pucks to gain momentum and maybe add more offense in that fourth-line position.
“We’ve simply started working with him on making him acutely aware of now not placing himself in such susceptible positions to obtain the ones varieties of hits. He took two laborious ones [in New York] and that’s the reason came about to him prior to previously from the data I’ve won from [Bruins GM Don Sweeney] and different coaches. That’s one thing that is a part of his construction.”
Jakub Lauko: “His velocity, his talent to position the opposite crew on their heels through how he drives the online off the frenzy – he is simply somebody that may deliver velocity to the 3rd and fourth line, that tenacity and physicality concerned. He is going to laborious spaces which attracts consequences, which good points momentum, which creates rebound possibilities, so we’ve got simply favored what he is performed up to now and wish to see him play once more on Saturday.”
Anton Stralman: “I simply truly love his poise, his recreation control. Even [Wednesday], there used to be a pair performs he made – he made a play within the 3rd the place he were given the puck on the offensive blue line, simply made a bit of dink move to the slot…after which we are within the zone for every other 20 seconds. And we are enjoying with the lead, it is 5-4 on the time. To have that roughly poise and recreation control and know that you’ll make that play and feature the time, his chance vs. praise is prime.”
Video: Montgomery updates the media from WIA
Wait, There’s More
- Linus Ullmark will start against the Devils on Saturday night in the preseason finale and is slated to play the full 60 minutes.
- Nick Foligno skated at the left wing along Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk throughout Thursday’s follow. “Well, we stated that we have been going to provide other guys other appears to be like,” said Montgomery. “I had now not observed [A.J.] Greer but with [Charlie] Coyle so I sought after to peer what that seemed like. I sought after to peer what [Trent] Frederic would appear to be with [Tomas Nosek] as a result of I have not observed that. I’ve observed Foligno with the opposite two in camp, however I have not observed the ones appears to be like. It used to be extra simply to peer what that will appear to be with Bergeron and JD.”
- Montgomery has been pleased with the offensive instincts the B’s defensemen have shown in camp, particularly Mike Reilly, who scored a nifty goal – the eventual winner – in New York on Wednesday. “We’re seeing an increasing number of of it,” said Montgomery. “And the humorous factor is on that play the opposite defenseman used to be forward of Reilly. We wish to put the reins on him as an alternative of telling him to move. We’re beginning to see the defenseman do this.”
- Despite the success of the Zacha-Krejci-Pastrnak line on Wednesday night against the Rangers, Montgomery is not ruling out potential changes to the lines before next week’s opener in Washington. “Not at this time,” he said when asked if he envisions a different trio skating against the Capitals. “But us coaches have non permanent reminiscences. Saturday would possibly trade the whole thing.”
Video: Russo sits down with Pavel Zacha
Thursday’s Practice Lines
Nick Foligno – Patrice Bergeron – Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha – David Krejci – David Pastrnak
A.J. Greer – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith
Trent Frederic – Tomas Nosek – Jakub Lauko
Taylor Hall – Jack Studnicka – Chris Wagner
Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly – Jakub Zboril
Derek Forbort – Connor Clifton
Matt Grzelcyk – Anton Stralman