Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

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Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

With 12 of last years forwards signed on for this season after the deals with Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell, the Boston Bruins dont have much room up front unless they decide to shake things up.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has already stated there wont be any discussions about Brian Rolston until after the July 1 opening of NHL free agency, and there hasnt been much movement on the RFA front with Benoit Pouliot either.
I dont have any news on Pouliot at this point, said Chiarelli. Yes, hes a possibility to return for next season.
The rangy winger was a boom-or-bust player with the Bruins that produced some highlight reel goals and game-winning plays, but also went through long periods of offensive drought during the regular season.
Pouliot set career-highs with his 32 points and plus-18, and potted a solid 16 goals as a low-cost third line regular with Boston. But the former Habs and Wild forward was also behind the ill-conceived dump attempt in the overtime of Game 7 that led to Joel Wards game-winning goal for the Washington Capitals.
That is the very definition of a mixed bag season for the Bruins, and the late season offensive burst from Jordan Caron may have them leaning in that direction as a potential solution at third line wing next season.
Chiarelli intends to keep the door open during free agency and trade talks, however.
I feel really good with our lineup right now and to add a top 9 forward like I talked about still isnt out of the realm of possibility, said Chiarelli. It gives me a lot of flexibility going into free agency, but this is as solid of a forward group as youre going to get.
If we do nothing, thats fine, but if something comes across that looks attractive and we have to look at it, then well look at it.
Sounds like a GM that doesnt intend on making a splash during the free agencytrade season, and most wouldnt blame Chiarelli given what this current Bs group has shown theyre capable of in the right circumstances.

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player.