The Boston Bruins started preseason play on Monday with a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Preseason game number two was on Tuesday, and the Bruins skated away with a 3-2 victory. Surely there have been glimpses of potential in some of the young prospects, ever more so in some cases. From what we have seen so far, what might have an impact on games when the regular season comes along?
Has David Krejci found his new line mate?
Bruce Cassidy has noted that the teams coaches love what they see from the line of Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, and Karson Kuhlman so far. If they end up liking what they’ve seen enough to make Kuhlman a full time RW2 , that will solve arguably the B’s biggest question mark coming into this season. Making Kuhlman the fulltime RW2 would certainly be an interesting twist in the world of wings for the Bruins roster. Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork were the two names most pegged to be battling it out to be on that second line. If Kuhlman does indeed land the job, where does that put Heinen and Bjork? Regardless, David Krejci should finally have full time line mates going into the season.
Coyle claiming his territory?
After the Bruins traded for the Massachusetts native at last years trade deadline, Charlie Coyle centered the third line for most of the rest of the season. There is a lot of speculation that one of the Bruins brightest prospects Jack Studnicka might land the third line center spot. Those that think Studnicka has a chance to do so slot Coyle in as one of Studnicka’s wings.
So far in the preseason we’ve seen Coyle center the third line yet again with Heinen and Bjork around him on the wings. With that much offensive potential surrounding him, it would be hard for Coyle to stay off the highlight reel. A player like Charlie Coyle is elite when it comes to making passes to set up a goal. That could be exactly what Bjork and Heinen need to get their legs under them this season.
Has Petrovic shown enough to land a gig?
After signing a PTO contract with the Bruins back in August, Alexander Petrovic is competing for a spot on a very talented Boston Bruins blue line. Injuries to Kevan Miller and John Moore have increased the chances of Pertovic making the roster. So far this preseason he’s shown good defensive awareness and ability to move the puck. Two things that are essential in a fast yet bruising Boston Bruins mentality. With Moore and Millar both looking like they wont be ready to start the season, the young Bruins blue line might lack veteran leadership. Giving Petrovic a one year deal might give the Bruins young prospects some time to sharpen their skills below the NHL level.
With four Bruins preseason games left, some things are sure to come to fruition. Some for better and some for worse. David Backes is still fighting for a roster spot, as well as many Bruins prospects. It will come down to who can show that they can make plays and contribute the most to the team.