Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk

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Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Talk of the Bruins acquiring a defenseman before the trade deadline was a topic of discussion in the team's locker room following Wednesday's practice. That type of move would most likely send someone packing.

Some believe it's not worth worrying about, because it's out of their hands.

"You don't believe anything until it happens," said Blake Wheeler. "That's kind of what I've learned at least. The rumors you hear, never happen. And the ones you don't hear about, those ones seem to happen.

"From our standpoint, I think our focus is, we have games to play. And we have points to earn. We can't worry about what's being written about in the papers and online blogs and stuff. If we start worrying about things we can't control, we'll start to slip. We've already lost three straight, so the most important thing for us, is to start winning, and whatever happens from other standpoints is going to happen. that's out of our control."

"If you get traded, you get traded," said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. "That's the business of the game, and you have to deal with it."

For others, it's something that's running through their heads, whether they want to admit it or not.

"I know it weighs on players minds all the time, when you hear rumors circulating on your team," said coach Claude Julien. "At the same time, you want the players to be professionals and deal with the issues as professionals. It's out of your control.

"You really have to take that approach and say, 'You know what, it's one day at a time. Right now I've got to do my job, and let the people that make those decisions, that are out of my control, make them.' "

As of Wednesday afternoon, the only decision that's been made, trade-wise, is the acquisition of Kelly, for a 2011 second-round pick.

"It's definitely something that we feel is going to help our hockey club," said Julien. "He's an experienced player. He plays center, plays the wing, he takes a lot of draws. He has playoff experience. He does a lot of things that, I liked his grit and his compete level, so certainly, a great addition to our hockey club."

Patrice Bergeron was the only other Bruins player missing from Wednesday's practice, but Julien called it a "maintenance day" and said it was "nothing serious."

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."

Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

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Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

CHICAGO – While the Bruins went strong two-way defenseman early in the 2017 NHL Draft, they took a shot at a more offensive-minded Swedish defenseman late with seventh-round pick of Victor Berglund.

The six-foot, 165-pound Berglund clearly has a way to go in physical development and will need to get much bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the North American pro ranks, but B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley raved about the Swedish defenseman’s skill set and potential. He also noted that Boston’s entire European scouting contingent, including former B’s forward PJ Axelsson, were fully on board with taking a flier on a talented player that simply needs to develop in the Swedish hockey system.

“Our Swedish guys were on top of Berglund. They think he’s a mobile D, he’s ultra-skilled and he skates well. He’s a six-footer, but [PJ Axelsson, Svenake Svensson and Victor Nybladh] were all pounding the table for him,” said Bradley. “We went along with it and I think we might have something there. Talking to his strength coach after the fact he’s working on putting some muscle and weight on, so we look forward to seeing him at development camp.”

In 62 games at three different levels, Berglund posted five goals and 18 points last season and displayed the kind of speed, creativity and play-making that one needs from their defensemen in today’s NHL.

"I'm an offensive defenseman, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass," said Berglund. "I like to follow the rush up ice and want the puck."

It will be a matter of building size and strength and for Berglund to continue developing his game in Sweden for the time being, but the Bruins are certainly happy with him at the 195th pick in Saturday’s second day of the draft.