Knight ready for next step with Bruins

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Knight ready for next step with Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. Hopefully casual Boston fans will stop assuming that Bruins prospect Jared Knight is the long, lost member of the New Kids on the Block, and simply lock into his hockey abilities.
The rugged 5-foot-10 power forward is taking part in his third development camp with the Bruins, and looks close to a finished hockey product powering through drills while showing off NHL-caliber size, strength and shooting ability.
I work on my shot all the time. Its something I work on all summer, said Knight, who was a second round pick back in the 2010 draft in Los Angeles. Ill key on getting off every shot and work on my wrist strength so I can get off every single shot.
Knight finished off his London Knights career with a run to the Memorial Cup, and that postseason run in junior hockey kept the 20-year-old from getting a cup of AHL coffee with the Providence Bruins at the end of the season.
So Knight is starting from fresh this season prior to his first full scale pro training camp, and is excited at the chance to potentially win himself a job. With Benoit Pouliot out of the picture, theres a winger job on the third line thats potentially a competition between Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque and Knight.
Caron might have the inside track on the job unless the Bruins land themselves a veteran Mark Recchi-type forward, but Knight looks forward to making some noise in training camp.
Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney appreciates the power game Knight brings to the table, but also assumes there will be an adjustment period at the AHL level before hes ready for prime time in Boston.
Knight is kind of a player that thrives on playing in straight lines, going to the net and playing in the dirty areas, said Sweeney. He just has to realize that hes been able to do stuff at the junior level that hes not going to be able to do at the next level because these guys are bigger and stronger.
Hes going to need to understand how to get that space back against players that can push back with an equal amount of strength. There will be an adjustment period for that matter, but the year before he played some games in Providence and acquired himself very well. Experience is the only way you can go through that.
The professional experience starts this week for Knight, and will continue on throughout the most important season in his development as a hockey player.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.