Bruins nab Khokhlachev in second round


Bruins nab Khokhlachev in second round

By Joe Haggerty Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Bruins had a busy day of drafting on Saturday in the second round of the NHL First Year Player Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center home of the Minnesota Wild.

The Bruins tapped Moscow native and Windsor Spitfires left wing Alexander Khokhlachev with the 40th overall pick acquired in the Derek Morris deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. The lefty shooting Khokhalchev potted 34 goals in 67 games for the Spitfires, and was excited to be joining the Bruins organization after one season of OHL hockey after moving over from Russia.

Its really exciting because Boston is the Stanley Cup Champions, Khokhlachev said. Theyre the number one team in the NHL right now so its very exciting. But didnt really know who would draft me. So it is Boston and I am really happy with this.

In the third round the Bruins selected tough guy Anthony Camara from the Saginaw Spirit, a brawling grinder of a forward that is willing to fight anyone according to the scouting reports.

Camara credited Minnesota body check machine Cal Clutterbuck as one of the players he models his game after, and will likely be headed back to junior hockey as a 17-year-old this season.

Right wing Brian Ferlin was Bostons fourth round pick at 121st overall out of the USHL and potted 25 goals for Indiana as a 6-foot-1 12, 200-pound forward with pretty good size for a 19-year-old. Ferlin is bound for the Cornell University hockey program.Long Island native and Milton Academy defenseman Robbie OGara was the final pick of the fifth round, and has one more year to go at Milton Academy with a nice little window for Bs fans to go check on one of their prospects. O'Gara is set to play hockey at Yale University during the 2012-13 season after one more year in Massachusetts. The Bruins selected Norway native Lars Volden with the last pick of the sixth round, and the 18-year-old goalie will join the ranks of Boston goaltending prospects at an ideal 6-foot-3 and 198-pounds headed into another year playing in the Finnish League.

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick


Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?