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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Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.