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Bjork reports to camp, using open NHL job as 'inspiration'

Bjork reports to camp, using open NHL job as 'inspiration'

BRIGHTON, Mass – Anders Bjork missed the first few days of development camp due to a family obligation, but he made his presence felt upon his arrival at Warrior Ice Arena for the annual Bruins prospect showcase. 

Bjork met up with the rest of the Bruins prospects for drills and a spirited four-on-four scrimmage at the end the session Saturday. He immediately stood out for his speed, finishing ability and as a polished amateur product, compared to many 18- and 19-year-old neophytes in Boston’s camp.

Bjork, 20, was just happy to get on the equipment, get a skate in and get rolling on what’s going to be a big next couple of months for him with his first pro training camp looming.

“It’s definitely different. It’s weird feeling like an older guy here [at development camp], and now we’re leading the way at development camp. It’s a different experience, but it’ a good one,” said Bjork, who gave up one remaining year of eligibility at Notre Dame after a 52-point junior season to sign with the Black and Gold last month. “It was a tough decision and there a lot of factors, especially the education part and getting my degree. I wanted to make sure I could figure that out and it took a long time to think about. It was life-changing.

“I think Don Sweeney told me that there is a good opportunity here, especially for wingers. That’s exciting for me. You try to use that as inspiration this summer to get stronger and work on weaknesses, and stuff like that. It’s every hockey player’s dream to play in the NHL. The fact there’s an opportunity ahead of me is pretty exciting.”

Bjork will certainly be in the running for the open left-wing spot alongside David Krejci once rookie and NHL camp get going in a couple of months. He'll be competing for that position with the likes of Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen and newly signed Kenny Agostino, along with Frank Vatrano. It’s still difficult to gauge exactly where Bjork’s readiness is given that he’s never competed in an NHL training camp or played in a preseason game, but there are high expectations after his dominant run with the Fighting Irish the past couple of seasons. Bjork took that first step toward claiming a job on Saturday and there will be many more before the season opens for the Bruins in October with or without the talented young winger.  

Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

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Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks. 

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