Fifth-rounder Griffith catches Bruins' eye

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Fifth-rounder Griffith catches Bruins' eye

PITTSBURGH Seth Griffith doesnt blow you away with any particular skill on the ice.

But the Bruins' fifth round pick acquired with the Tampa Bay draft pick that went to Boston in the Benoit Pouliot deal simply produces, and sometimes thats good enough for a shot. Griffith potted 45 goals and put up 85 points for the London Knights on the way to the Memorial Cup Final last season, but the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect never showed up on the NHL Central Scouting list despite a season for the ages.

Consider that motivation for the 19-year-old, who worked diligently on his skating and first-step explosiveness prior to last season.

Ive worked really hard with my skating. I guess your skating cant be good enough, so Ill continue to work hard to get better, said Griffith. I think Im a scorer, but I also can make that good pass. I like to say Im a scorer and a playmaker.

I model my game after Claude Giroux. You know, hes not an overly big guy, but he puts up points. He just competes really hard every game.

The Bruins scouting staff checked in with London coaching stalwarts Dale and Mark Hunter before selecting Griffith, and got rave reviews from them as well as their own London Knights prospect Jared Knight.

Griffith said Knight was among the first players to contact him once he heard his name called with the 131st overall pick.

Knight actually texted me right after I got picked . . . he texted me right away, said Griffith. Were pretty good friends back in London so you know, he talked really highly of Boston and what a great organization theyve been to him in such short time. Im just really looking forward to getting started with them.

Without blow-you-away skating speed, a sizzling shot or notable size it will be a challenge for Griffith to make it at the next level of professional hockey, but hes already got a knack for improving and producing. Now he just has to keep doing it after catching the Bruins eye.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.